Clark Somerville, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Regional Councillor of Halton, issued the following statement after FCM's Board of Directors met with Dwight Dorey, National Chief of the Indigenous Peoples' Assembly of Canada:
"Today's meeting between National Chief Dwight Dorey and municipal leaders from across the country continues our urgent dialogue on working together to support urban Indigenous people living in cities and communities across the country.
Over 60% of Indigenous peoples in Canada live off-reserve. Our full potential as municipalities will only be reached through a successful journey towards reconciliation. This includes closing the quality of life gap that still divides Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in this country through active partnership.
Today, we had productive and respectful exchanges on the need for an improved federal Urban Aboriginal Strategy, and for a National Housing Strategy that includes a long-term funding commitment for off-reserve housing and homelessness. We also reviewed progress on implementing the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Municipal leaders renewed their commitment to work with national Indigenous organizations, local Indigenous communities and the federal government to improve programs and services for Indigenous people in our communities. Together, we strengthen each other. "
FCM is the national voice of municipal government. In leading the municipal movement, FCM works to align federal and local priorities, recognizing that strong hometowns make for a strong Canada.