For Immediate Release
May 16, 2013
OTTAWA – In preparation for the 2015 election, the Aboriginal Peoples’ Commission is reaching out to Indigenous people of Canada for a unique online policy development process.
We are at a crucial stage in the journey to reconciliation,” says Glenn Wheeler, Vice-President (Policy) for the Aboriginal Peoples’ Commission. “There is goodwill among Canadians and among Aboriginal peoples and a willingness to chart a new course. What we need now is political leadership.”
The process – to be led by the APC – will feature an online component which will be supplemented by policy town halls at locations across Canada.
This is one of several opportunities for Aboriginal Peoples to have an open discussion and ensure that their voices are heard within the Liberal Party of Canada” said Maryanne Kampouris, the National Policy Chair for the Liberal Party of Canada. “I look forward to the results of this and future such initiatives and I commend the APC for its inclusive approach and foresight.”
In the first phase, members and supporters will be able to offer their feedback online regarding a wide variety of critical policy areas, and make suggestions for revision.
The APC will shortly be adding draft policy for discussion purposes only in two key areas – urban Aboriginal policy and self-government. The policy will be unveiled at an Urban Aboriginal Policy Summit in Toronto on June 18. The event, taking place at the Native Canadian Centre at 16 Spadina Road in Toronto from 2 to 4 pm, will be facilitated by the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., M.P., the party’s critic for Aboriginal Affairs and by members of the APC.
For more information on how to take part in the APC policy development process, visit: http://apc-cpa.liberal.ca/policy.
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