Congress of Aboriginal Peoples Re-Elects Betty Ann Lavallée as National Chief and Acclaims Ron Swain as National Vice-Chief
WABIGOON: October 22, 2012 – President Brad Maggrah released the following statement today to congratulate Betty Ann Lavallée and Ron Swain on their election as National Chief and National Vice-Chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples.
“On behalf of the constituents of the Ontario Coalition of Aboriginal People (OCAP), I congratulate Betty Ann Lavallée and Ron Swain on their election as the new Executive of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples. OCAP looks forward to working with the Congress to improve the lives of status and non-status Indians living off reserve and Métis in Ontario through partnerships, respect for Aboriginal rights and interests and the full implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. On the occasion of CAP’s 41st anniversary, the Congress remains an influential organization for Métis and status and non-status Indians across Canada,” said Brad Maggrah, OCAP President.
Ron Swain was former President of the Metis Nation of Ontario and was a candidate for the Progressive Conservative Party in 2007, for the riding of Algoma and Manitoulin. This will be his second tenure as National Vice-Chief of the Congress, a position he held in 2011.
“I believe Ron Swain will be a strong and productive force within the Congress and OCAP looks forward to working with him over the next four years,” said President Maggrah.
The Ontario Coalition of Aboriginal People is an incorporated, not-for-profit, membership based coalition formed to advocate for the rights and interests of status and non-status Indians living off reserve and Métis. It is committed to building capacity within community based organizations, collaboration and the development of partnerships that will provide long-term solutions for the needs of Aboriginal peoples across Ontario.
For more information, please contact:
Brad Maggrah, President
Ontario Coalition of Aboriginal People
Tel: (807) 938-1321