ACAA is the provincial affiliate of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP). Founded in 1971 as a National body, CAP represents the voice of urban and rural non-status, status, Métis, and Southern Inuit Indigenous peoples. Recognized as the provincial affiliate organization for the Congress of Aboriginal People, ACAA has been working to build a community in Alberta to ensure that the voice of non-affiliated Indigenous peoples is heard at all levels. Failure to recognize all Indigenous people as rights-bearing, the need for increased fiduciary support for non-status and urban Indigenous people, and the integration of culturally recognized best practices in all direct services are but some of the issues that ACAA has undertaken to address.

Advocating for the resolution of shared grievances common to Indigenous people within the province, the Aboriginal Congress of Alberta has been working to develop forums for dialog and to facilitate possible negotiations over issues that impact off-reserve Indigenous peoples. Key to our success is the collaboration and partnerships we build with Indigenous community members, organizations, and leaders that share in our mission to enhance the quality of life for all Indigenous people of Alberta. ACAA is one of ten provincial territorial organizations (PTOs) recognized by the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) and the Government of Canada.

Together, as PTOs our purpose is to advocate for equitable representation for all Indigenous peoples within the province of Alberta. The following are those that also serve as a provincial and/or territorial affiliate within CAP:​ 

Both CAP and the ACAA share a common interest in advocating for and representing all urban Indigenous peoples regardless of status under the Indian Act. The ACAA Board President sits as a member of the National Board of Directors representing the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples.



Together each PTO Affiliate strives to achieve the following principles:


  • sharing within the limits of our authority, information that supports the development of comprehensive and effective policies and programs for Indigenous peoples;

  • working conjointly, when mutually beneficial, to develop and present new policies and programs to federal, provincial and municipal governments for the benefit of Indigenous communities;

  • encouraging and building greater cooperation between all parties and other similar organizations as the need and opportunity arises; and

  • promoting, where appropriate, the participation of either or all parties in any national meeting, consultation, dialogue and/or forum where issues of mutual interest will be discussed.