OTTAWA, ON — The Liberal Indigenous Caucus announced during the Christmas sitting of Parliament the election of Jaime Battiste, MP for Sydney-Victoria as the Chair of the Indigenous Caucus. He takes over from co-chairs MPs Marc Serré and Robert-Falcon Ouellette.
Founded in 2016 by MP Don Rusnak, the Indigenous Liberal Caucus was created as a forum for Indigenous Members of Parliament to work together to advocate for the well-being of Indigenous Peoples across Canada.
Other members of the caucus include Minister of Northern Affairs, Honourable. Dan Vandal from St. Boniface-St. Vital, MP Vance Badeway from Niagara Centre, MP Yvonne Jones from Labrador-Newfoundland, MP Marc Serré from Nickel Belt, and MP Michael McLeod from Northwest Territories. They have been elected from coastal, northern, remote, and urban areas, and represent a broad cross-section of who Indigenous people are.
“Our country cannot move forward when Indigenous peoples are held back. We know we have more work to do. When this Liberal government first took office in 2015, it committed to a new way of doing things with our Indigenous partners. My colleagues and I look forward to continuing where we left off by working in a spirit of respect, recognition of rights, collaboration, and partnership with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples to advance meaningful reconciliation and build a future where Indigenous peoples can succeed and prosper.” — Jaime Battiste, MP for Sydney-Victoria