For Immediate Release
June 3, 2016
Between May 26-29th 2016, thousands of federal liberal delegates gathered in Winnipeg, Manitoba/Treaty 1 and Red River Métis Territory for the Liberal Party of Canada’s (LPC) Biennial Convention.
For both the Indigenous Peoples’ Commission (IPC) and the LPC there were many moments and examples to be proud of. From changing the name of the commission to beginning the convention for incoming and outgoing IPC executive with a pipe ceremony – the convention in Winnipeg celebrated Indigenous nations and peoples alongside the success of the party’s victory in the October 2015 federal election.
During #WPG2016, the IPC was thankful to not only host the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Dr. Carolyn Bennett, and the Honourable Paul Martin as guest speakers at its Biennial General Meeting, but to also introduce its incoming National Executive for the 2016/2018 term:
- Lisa Abbott Co-President (Female)
- Chad Cowie Co-President (Male)
- Jaron Hart VP, Policy
- Joshua Fraser VP, Communication
- Ronda Evans VP, Membership & Organization
- Lynn Geary VP, Women/Representative to the NWLC
- Taya Tootoo VP, Youth/Representative to the YLC
“We are all thankful for the opportunity to hold these positions and know there is much work ahead of us to get done – we are committed to doing that work” Chad Cowie, Co-Chair (Male) of the IPC, stated. “I am so proud to stand with a committed and passionate executive who know it’s not just about winning elections but also about serving our people, our communities, and our country,” Added Lisa Abbott, Co-Chair (Female) of the IPC.
In addition to electing a new IPC National Executive, more than a dozen Indigenous policy resolutions were put forth and passed, such as the IPC’s priority resolution on Indigenous Youth Suicide Strategy.
The IPC would also like to thank Indigenous and non-Indigenous attendees for their support, and participation, whether in person or through social media, during #WPG2016.
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IPC Vice-President, Communications
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