HALIFAX – A Mi’kmaq business man from Cole Harbour has been elected national chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples.
Dwight Dorey was elected Friday during the organization’s annual general meeting in Gatineau, Quebec.
Dorey will replace former national chief Betty Ann Lavallee who is stepping down to deal with family health concerns affecting her parents and husband.
Dorey served as national chief of CAP from 2000 to 2006.
He’s also the owner of ABCAN Affairs Group, a national consulting firm specializing in Aboriginal relations. He’s also written two books on Aboriginal legal matters.
The Congress of Aboriginal People is the national advocacy group for the interests of off-reserve Status and non-Status Indians, the Southern Inuit of Labrador and Metis Peoples.
Dorey is taking the reins of the organization at a critical time.
In early October the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the case of Daniels v. Canada a case that will decide if Metis and non-Status Indians are Indians as defined under the Constitution Act of 1867.
Dorey said the case is a turning point and vows to see it implemented while he is in office.