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Minutes of Proceedings

44th Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 83
Thursday, November 9, 2023, 3:34 p.m. to 5:35 p.m.
John Aldag, Chair (Liberal)

Animakee Wa Zhing 37 First Nation
• Linda McVicar
As an individual
• Tony Belcourt
• Steve Meawasige, Council Member, First Nation Band
• Solomon Sanderson, Consultant, Former Chief
• Danette Starblanket, Assistant Professor
Fort McKay Métis Nation
• Ronald Quintal, President
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.

Tony Belcourt and Danette Starblanket made statements.

At 3:49 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 3:51 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Solomon Sanderson made a statement and, with Tony Belcourt and Danette Starblanket, answered questions.

At 4:30 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:37 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Steve Meawasige, Ronald Quintal and Linda McVicar made statements and answered questions.


Bob Zimmer moved, — That pursuant to standing order 108(2), given that Ontario Grand Chief, Abram Benedict of the Akwesasne First Nation says the carbon tax is an unfair policy for indigenous communities, that the committee undertake a study of five meetings, to examine the impact of the carbon tax on First Nations communities across Canada, that the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and the Minister of Indigenous services appear, and that the committee seek additional resources in order to accommodate these meetings.


Lori Idlout moved, — That the motion be amended by adding after the words “First Nations” the following: “, Inuit and Metis”.


Jaime Battiste moved, — That the debate be now adjourned.

The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Jenica Atwin, Jaime Battiste, Ben Carr, Mona Fortier, Marilène Gill, Michael V. McLeod — 6;

NAYS: Laila Goodridge, Lori Idlout, Jamie Schmale, Arnold Viersen, Bob Zimmer — 5.

Questioning of the witnesses resumed.

At 5:35 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Vanessa Davies
Clerk of the committee