In paragraph 9(3)(e), when addressing the principle of substantive equality, the bill does state that:
a jurisdictional dispute must not result in a gap in the child and family services that are provided in relation to Indigenous children.
In paragraph 11(d), it is stipulated that:
Child and family services provided in relation to an Indigenous child are to be provided in a manner that...
(d) promotes substantive equality between the child and other children.
Sorry, this is a substantive amendment, and that's why it's taking me a little while to get through it all.
While some indigenous partners have indicated the need for the inclusion of such reference within the bill, some others have requested that Jordan's principle not be referred to. In the context of Bill C-92, Jordan's principle does not apply to Inuit and Métis. Also, substantive equality is a legal principle guaranteed constitutionally by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and by human rights legislation such as the Canadian Human Rights Act.
It is a fact and context specific that requires flexibility instead of a set of statutory definitions. What substantive equality requires will depend on many different circumstances and therefore should not be defined in this bill.
The bill addresses substantive equality in clauses 9 and 11, as has already been stated. Like I said, it goes on quite a bit, but I think that's enough to justify our position that we won't be supporting this amendment.