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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 106
Thursday, May 3, 2018, 3:31 p.m. to 4:31 p.m.
Presiding
Hon. MaryAnn Mihychuk, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Isabelle Brideau, Analyst
• Olivier Leblanc-Laurendeau, Analyst
As individuals
• Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Director of Indian Residential School Centre for History and Dialogue, Professor, Allard Law School, University of British Columbia
• John Borrows, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law, University of Victoria
Specific Claims Tribunal Canada
• Jennifer Hocking, Legal Counsel
• Harry Slade, Chairperson
Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Wednesday, February 7, 2018, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-262, An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Motion

Cathy McLeod moved, — That the Committee suspend its study of Bill C-262, An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, until a consensus is reached on how free, prior and informed consent will be implemented.

After debate, the question was put on the motion and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 3; NAYS: 6.

John Borrows, by videoconference from Victoria, British Columbia, Harry Slade and Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond made statements and, with Jennifer Hocking, answered questions.

Motion

Kevin Waugh moved, — That, with respect to Bill C-262, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act:

(a) the Chair of the Committee write, as promptly as possible, to the Chairs of the following standing committees inviting them to consider the subject-matter of the said Bill:

(i) the Standing Committee on Natural Resources;

(ii) the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights;

(iii) the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development;

(b) each of the standing committees, listed in paragraph (a), be requested to convey recommendations, including any suggested amendments, in both official languages, in a letter to the Chair of the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs no later than May 31, 2018;

(c) any amendments suggested pursuant to paragraphs (b) shall be deemed to be proposed during the clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-262, and further provided that the members of the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs may propose amendments notwithstanding the recommendations received pursuant to paragraphs (b);

(d) amendments to Bill C-262, other than the amendments deemed to be proposed pursuant to paragraphs (b), be submitted to the Clerk of the Committee before May 31, 2018 and distributed to members in both official languages; and

(e) the Committee shall proceed to the clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-262 on Tuesday June 5, 2018.

After debate, the question was put on the motion and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 3; NAYS: 6.

At 4:31 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Michael MacPherson
Clerk of the Committee