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Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Aboriginal Peoples

Issue 12 - Minutes of Proceedings


OTTAWA, Wednesday, October 20, 2010
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[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples met this day at 6:50 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, Dallaire, Demers, Dyck, Patterson, Poirier, Raine, Sibbeston, St. Germain, P.C. and Stewart Olsen (10).

In attendance: Tonina Simeone and Shauna Troniak, 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, June 2, 2010, the committee continued to examine the progress made on commitments endorsed by Parliamentarians of both Chambers since the Government's apology to former students of Indian Residential Schools. (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 10.)

WITNESSES:

Native Women's Association of Canada:

Jeannette Corbiere Lavell, President;

Claudette Dumont-Smith, Interim Executive Director.

Ms. Corbiere Lavell made a statement and, together with Ms. Dumont-Smith, answered questions.

At 8:17 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 8:21 p.m., the committee resumed in camera.

It was moved:

That senators' staff be permitted to remain in the room.

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

In accordance with rule 92(2)(f), the committee considered a draft report.

It was moved:

That the chair be authorized to have gifts, not to exceed $100 each, purchased for those who hosted the committee while on its fact-finding trip during the week of October 4-7, 2010.

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

At 8:35 p.m., it was agreed that the committee adjourn to the call of the chair.

ATTEST:


OTTAWA, Tuesday, October 26, 2010
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[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples met this day at 9:30 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, Demers, Hubley, Patterson, Poirier, Raine, St. Germain, P.C., Sibbeston and Stewart Olsen (9).

In attendance: Tonina Simeone, Analyst, Parliamentary Information and Research Service, Library of Parliament, and Ceri Au, Communications Officer, Communications Directorate.

Also in attendance: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, the committee continued its consideration of the federal government's constitutional, treaty, political and legal responsibilities to First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples and other matters generally relating to the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada. (Issues concerning First Nations education) (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 1.)

WITNESSES:

Six Nations of the Grand River:

Claudine VanEvery-Albert, Councillor.

Blackfoot Confederacy:

Reg Crowshoe, Chief.

First Nations Education Steering Committee:

Nathan Matthew, Negotiator, British Columbia First Nations Education Jurisdiction Negotiations;

Christa Williams, Negotiator, British Columbia First Nations Education Jurisdiction Negotiations;

Deborah Jeffrey, Acting Executive Director, British Columbia First Nations Education Jurisdiction Negotiations.

Ms. VanEvery-Albert and Mr. Crowshoe each made a statement and answered questions.

At 10:40 a.m., the committee suspended.

At 10:44 a.m., the committee resumed.

Mr. Matthew, Ms. Williams and Ms. Jeffrey each made a statement and answered questions.

It was agreed that the committee distribute the brief once the committee receives the translation of the brief from the First Nations Education Steering Committee.

At 11:30 a.m., it was agreed that the committee adjourn to the call of the chair.

ATTEST:


OTTAWA, Wednesday, October 27, 2010
(26)

[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples met this day at 6:48 p.m., in room 160-S, Centre Block, the chair, the Honourable Senator Gerry St. Germain, P.C., presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Campbell, Dallaire, Neufeld, Patterson, Raine, St. Germain, P.C. and Stewart Olsen (7).

In attendance: Tonina Simeone, Analyst, 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 Tuesday, March 16, 2010, the committee continued its consideration of the federal government's constitutional, treaty, political and legal responsibilities to First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples and other matters generally relating to the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada. (Issues concerning First Nations education) (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 1.)

WITNESSES:

University of Regina:

Larry Steeves, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education.

First Nations Forum, First Nations Public Policy:

Solomon G. Sanderson, Chairman.

The Honourable Senator Stewart Olsen moved:

That the committee allow the distribution of the English brief of Mr. Sanderson, pending receipt of the French translation.

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

Mr. Steeves and Mr. Sanderson each made a statement and answered questions.

At 8:17 p.m., it was agreed that the committee adjourn to the call of the chair.

ATTEST:

Marcy Zlotnick

Clerk of the Committee