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Meeting No. 25
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development met in a televised session at 3:36 p.m. this day, in Room 237-C, Centre Block, the Chair, Barry Devolin, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Harold Albrecht, Rod Bruinooge, Rob Clarke, Jean Crowder, Barry Devolin, Nancy Karetak-Lindell, Tina Keeper, Marc Lemay, Hon. Anita Neville and Chris Warkentin.


Acting Members present: Hon. Larry Bagnell for Todd Norman Russell and Jean-Yves Roy for Yvon Lévesque.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Mary Hurley, Analyst; Marlisa Tiedemann, Analyst.


Witnesses: Assembly of First Nations: Phil Fontaine, National Chief; Candice Metallic, Legal Advisor; Bryan Schwartz, Legal Counsel; Tonio Sadik, Senior Policy Analyst.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Monday, December 10, 2007, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-30, An Act to establish the Specific Claims Tribunal and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.

Phil Fontaine made a statement and, with Bryan Schwartz and Candice Metallic, answered questions.


At 5:13 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:18 p.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

The Chair presented the Fifth Report from the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure which read as follows:

It was agreed — That the members of the Committee submit to the Clerk all of their proposed amendments to Bill C-30 no later than Friday, April 25, 2008.

It was agreed — That the Clerk circulate the package of C-30 amendments on Monday, April 28, 2008, and that clause-by-clause begin for Bill C-30 on Wednesday, April 30, 2008.

It was agreed — That the Briefing on outcomes of the National Aboriginal Women’s Summit, agreed to on November 20, 2007, be scheduled for Monday, April 28, 2008.

It was agreed — That the Minister appear on Main Estimates for two hours on either May 12 or May 14, 2008.

It was agreed — That the Chair, in consultation with the members and staff of the Committee, investigate a possible study on economic development in aboriginal communities; and that the study include visits to select communities in Canada and a meeting with the Nunavut Economic Forum.

It was agreed — That the optimum time for scheduling any trips related to the potential study on economic development could be the two weeks following the adjournment week in May (May 26 – June 6, 2008) and possibly the days surrounding May 7, 2008.


It was agreed, — That the report of the Subcommittee be concurred in.


At 5:32 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Bonnie Charron
Clerk of the Committee

2008/04/17 10:42 a.m.