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CAP takes government to task over council exclusion

By Marc Lalonde  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A lobby group speaking for urban Indigenous population is looking for answers after being excluded from a Parliamentary reconciliation council.   The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples was excluded from the federal Reconciliation Council in a vote late last month, and given the association represents 80 percent of the Indigenous population in Canada, they’re having trouble understanding why.   Last Friday in Ottawa, CAP national chief Elmer St-Pierre called on the Senate to step in and amend the legislation that has kept CAP off the council.   “The entire Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is shocked and frustrated at the Liberal government’s gross actions to exclude the national voice of off-reserve, non-status and urban Indigenous peoples at the National Council for Reconciliation,” said St. Pierre.

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