Trudeau snubs native council – The Guardian

by ahnationtalk on March 8, 20161140 Views

The failure or refusal of the Prime Minister to invite the Council of Aboriginal People (CAP) to the First Ministers Conference is both a snub and is laced with paradox. The Prince Edward island chapter of CAP is the Native Council. Almost all its members are certifiable aboriginal people under the Indian Act rules. But they are aboriginals who live off reserve, which they or their forbears left for many reasons: to get a better education, to seek better economic opportunities, to get better living conditions, to escape oppressive chief and council governance, inter alia.

At the invitation of Pierre Trudeau 30 years ago, CAP participated along with the other three current invitees in the constitutional conferences dedicated to consider aboriginal self-government. National president Jim Sinclair made one of the best speeches at the conference. CAP and its members continued to be recognized as a bona fide aboriginal group.

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