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Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Aboriginal Peoples

Issue 4 - Minutes of Proceedings


OTTAWA, Tuesday, April 21, 2009
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[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples met this day at 9:40 a.m., in room 160-S, Centre Block, the chair, the Honourable Gerry St. Germain, P.C., presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Campbell, Carstairs, P.C., Hubley, Lang, Lovelace Nicholas, Peterson, Raine, St. Germain, P.C. and Sibbeston (9).

Other senator present: The Honourable Senator Merchant (1).

In attendance: Tonina Simeone, Analyst, Parliamentary Information and Research Service, Library of Parliament.

Also in attendance: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to rules 92(2)(f) and 92(2)(e), the committee met in camera to consider a draft report and agenda.

It was agreed that senators' staff remain in the room.

At 10:00 a.m. the committee suspended.

At 10:01 a.m., the committee resumed in public.

The Honourable Senator Carstairs moved:

That the report entitled New Voter Identification Procedures and Related Impacts on Aboriginal Peoples and Communities in Canada be adopted, as amended.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

The Honourable Senator Campbell moved:

That the following special study budget application (federal government's responsibilities to First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples and other matters generally relating to the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada) be approved for submission to the Standing Senate Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration.

Professional and Other Services    $ 31,400
Transportation and Communications    $322,723
All Other Expenditures    $ 47,900
TOTAL    $402,023

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

At 10:25 a.m., it was agreed that the committee adjourn to the call of the chair.

ATTEST:


OTTAWA, Wednesday, April 22, 2009
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[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples met this day at 7:00 p.m., in room 160-S, Centre Block, the chair, the Honourable Gerry St. Germain, P.C., presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Campbell, Cook, Dyck, Hubley, Lang, Lovelace Nicholas, Nolin, Peterson, Raine, Sibbeston, and St. Germain, P.C. (11).

In attendance: Tonina Simeone and Karin Phillips, Analysts, Parliamentary Information and Research Service, Library of Parliament.

Also in attendance: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, the committee continued its consideration of the federal government's constitutional, treaty, political and legal responsibilities to First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples and on other matters generally relating to the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada. (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 1.)

WITNESS:

Auditor General of Canada:

Sheila Fraser, Auditor General of Canada;

Ronald Campbell, Assistant Auditor General;

Frank Barrett, Principal.

Ms Fraser made a statement and, along with Mr. Campbell and Mr. Barrett, responded to questions.

At 8:05 p.m., it was agreed that the committee adjourn to the call of the chair.

ATTEST:


OTTAWA, Tuesday, April 28, 2009
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[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples met this day at 9:34 a.m., in room 160-S, Centre Block.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Brazeau, Campbell, Carstairs, P.C., Fairbairn, P.C., Hubley, Lang and Raine (7).

In attendance: Tonina Simeone and Marlisa Tiedemann, Analysts, Parliamentary Information and Research Service, Library of Parliament.

Also in attendance: The official reporters of the Senate.

The clerk informed the committee of the unavoidable absence of the chair and deputy chair and presided over the election of an acting chair.

The Honourable Senator Campbell moved:

That the Honourable Senator Hubley be acting chair.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

The Honourable Senator Elizabeth Hubley, Acting Chair, presided over the meeting.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday, April 23, 2009, the committee began its consideration of Bill C-5, An Act to amend the Indian Oil and Gas Act.

APPEARING:

The Honourable, Chuck Strahl, P.C., M.P., Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians.

John Duncan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.

WITNESSES:

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada:

John Dempsey, Director, Policy, Indian Oil and Gas Canada.

Justice Canada:

Karl Jacques, Senior Counsel.

The acting chair made opening remarks.

Mr. Strahl made an opening statement and along with Mr. Duncan, Mr. Dempsey and Mr. Jacques responded to questions.

At 10:42 a.m., the committee suspended.

At 10:45a.m., pursuant to rule 92(2)(e), the committee resumed in camera to consider a draft agenda (future business).

At 11:03 the committee resumed in public.

At 11:04 a.m., it was agreed that the committee adjourn to the call of the chair.

ATTEST:

Marcy Zlotnick

Clerk of the Committee