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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 125
Monday, December 3, 2018, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Presiding
Karen Vecchio, Chair (Conservative)

Library of Parliament
• Clare Annett, Analyst
• Dominique Montpetit, Analyst
Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society
• Josie Nepinak, Executive Director
Minwaashin Lodge
• Sharmila Chowdhury, Transitional Support Worker
Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada
• Rebecca Kudloo, President
• Samantha Michaels, Senior Policy Advisor
Quebec Native Women Inc.
• Viviane Michel, President
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, the Committee resumed its study of the system of shelters and transition houses serving women and children affected by violence against women and intimate partner violence.

Josie Nepinak, by videoconference from Calgary, Alberta, and Viviane Michel made statements and answered questions.

At 4:25 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:28 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Sharmila Chowdhury, Rebecca Kudloo and Samantha Michaels made statements and answered questions.

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

Motion

Sheila Malcolmson moved, — That the Committee invite the Minister of Indigenous Services Canada to appear no later than December 2018 to brief the Committee on the Government’s efforts to immediately end the practice of forced and coerced sterilization of Indigenous women, pursuant to the Minister’s mandate for a ‘’renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation, and partnership’’ and the Government’s commitment to Article 7(2) of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; and that the meeting be televised and no less than one hour in length.

Amendment

Pam Damoff moved, — That the motion be amended by adding after the word “Canada”, the words “or department officials”.

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Pam Damoff and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Bob Bratina, Pam Damoff, Rachael Harder, Emmanuella Lambropoulos, Eva Nassif, Marc Serré, Sonia Sidhu — 7;

NAYS: Sheila Malcolmson — 1.

The question was put on the motion, as amended, and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 7; NAYS: 0.

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That the Committee invite the Minister of Indigenous Services Canada or department officials to appear no later than December 2018 to brief the Committee on the Government’s efforts to immediately end the practice of forced and coerced sterilization of Indigenous women, pursuant to the Minister’s mandate for a ‘’renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation, and partnership’’ and the Government’s commitment to Article 7(2) of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; and that the meeting be televised and no less than one hour in length.

Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society
• Josie Nepinak, Executive Director
Minwaashin Lodge
• Sharmila Chowdhury, Transitional Support Worker
Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada
• Rebecca Kudloo, President
• Samantha Michaels, Senior Policy Advisor
Quebec Native Women Inc.
• Viviane Michel, President
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, the Committee resumed its study of the system of shelters and transition houses serving women and children affected by violence against women and intimate partner violence.

Questioning of the witnesses resumed.

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

Motion

Rachael Harder moved, — That the Committee invite the Minister of Status of Women Canada to brief the Committee on her new mandate, given that Status of Women Canada is changing to the Department of Women and Gender Equality, no later than Wednesday, February 13, 2019, and that this meeting be no less than one hour in length.

Debate arose thereon.

Amendment

Sheila Malcolmson moved, — That the motion be amended by adding after the word “length”, the words “and be televised”.

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Rachael Harder and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 2; NAYS: 5.

The question was put on the motion and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 2; NAYS: 5.

Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society
• Josie Nepinak, Executive Director
Minwaashin Lodge
• Sharmila Chowdhury, Transitional Support Worker
Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada
• Rebecca Kudloo, President
• Samantha Michaels, Senior Policy Advisor
Quebec Native Women Inc.
• Viviane Michel, President
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, the Committee resumed its study of the system of shelters and transition houses serving women and children affected by violence against women and intimate partner violence.

Questioning of the witnesses resumed.

At 5:30 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Kenza Gamassi
Clerk of the Committee