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Minutes of Proceedings

44th Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 87
Tuesday, December 5, 2023, 3:46 p.m. to 5:31 p.m.
John Aldag, Chair (Liberal)

House of Commons
• Dancella Boyi, Legislative Clerk
• Christine Holke, Procedural Clerk
• Philippe Méla, Legislative Clerk
Library of Parliament
• Brittany Collier, Analyst
• Marlisa Tiedemann, Analyst
Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs
• Blake McLaughlin, Director General, Negotiations - Central, Treaties and Aboriginal Government
• Martin Reiher, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Treaties and Aboriginal Government
• Michael Schintz, Federal Negotiations Manager, Negotiations - Central, Treaties and Aboriginal Government
Department of Justice
• Julia Redmond, Legal Counsel
Pursuant to the order of reference of Wednesday, June 21, 2023, the committee resumed consideration of Bill C-53, An Act respecting the recognition of certain Métis governments in Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan, to give effect to treaties with those governments and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.

Martin Reiher, Julia Redmond, Michael Schintz and Blake McLaughlin answered questions.

The committee commenced its clause-by-clause study of the Bill.

Pursuant to Standing Order 75(1), consideration of Clause 1 (short title) and of the Preamble was postponed.

The Chair called Clause 2.

By unanimous consent, Clause 2 was allowed to stand.

On new Clause 2.1,

Arnold Viersen moved, — That Bill C-53 be amended by adding after line 32 on page 2 the following new clause:

“2.1 For greater certainty, nothing in this Act is to be construed as abrogating or derogating from the right to self-determination of the Métis peoples, which includes the inherent right of self-government.”

Debate arose thereon.

At 4:45 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:55 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Jamie Schmale moved, — That the amendment be amended by replacing, in the English version, the word “peoples” with the word “individuals”.

Debate arose thereon.

At 5:31 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Vanessa Davies
Clerk of the committee