CAP turning over all stones to get seat on Reconciliation Council

By Marc Lalonde  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is turning over all the stones it can to get itself a seat on a new federal Reconciliation Council, its national vice-chief said early yesterday morning. “Senators appear to be under the illusion that the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) represents all Indigenous people in Canada, and they simply do not,” CAP national vice-chief Kim Beaudin said. “They only represent a portion of Indigenous people on Canada’s territory and not every First Nation.” Beaudin feels that CAP, which works on behalf of the country’s urban Indigenous and off-reserve population, has been excluded unfairly. “This is a distinction-based policy approach,” Beaudin said, suggesting that because a great many of the country’s urban Indigenous population are marginalized that, too, gives…

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