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View Mark Strahl Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
I would like to thank my colleagues on this committee. I'm not a regular member of this committee, but the Yale First Nation is in my riding of Chilliwack—Fraser Canyon, and I would tell anyone who wants to see one of the most beautiful parts of British Columbia to make their way up to Yale and the Yale First Nation territory. It's a beautiful drive. Fraser Canyon is a beautiful part of our province.
Chief Hope, it's good to see you again. Going forward, I'm sure that you look forward to spending more time in your first nation territory and less time in Ottawa.
I did want to talk to you. You would have read the testimony from the meeting on Tuesday. It's very similar to newspaper articles that have been going around in Chilliwack, Hope, and the Fraser Canyon for a number of months now, where the Stó:lo grand chiefs, while not perhaps endorsing it, have certainly indicated that there's a real threat of physical violence should the Yale treaty be allowed to proceed.
What's your reaction to that sort of provocative language? They've also struck a war council, for instance, and things like that, which we're not used to seeing in first nation to first nation relationships. Could you give your reaction to those comments and let us know what you're planning to do to ensure that your people are safe and that there isn't an unnecessary escalation in your territory?
View Mark Strahl Profile
CPC (BC)
I think the hope is that the heated rhetoric will die down and cooler heads will prevail. There's definitely an opportunity for cooperation there.
You proposed a 10-year renewable agreement for access outside the treaty process. Can you describe some of the high-level ideas you were willing to include in the proposal? What would that look like, and how has that offer been received?
View Mark Strahl Profile
CPC (BC)
I'm hogging all the time from our side today.
You mentioned the young people in your community. I want to congratulate you because you mentioned there were two graduates at the Hope Secondary School graduation. Congratulations to them and to your community. I also want to congratulate Sophie Pierre and the B.C. Treaty Commission for their work on this file and for being here again today as observers.
Something I learned throughout this process is that in the existing reserve system, it's a first nation custom that if another first nation wants to come onto a neighbouring reserve, there is already a protocol. It's considered proper etiquette to check in with the chief.
Am I correct in that understanding?
View Mark Strahl Profile
CPC (BC)
The issue has been that certain members of the Stó:lo have never recognized even the current reserve under the existing Indian Act.
Am I correct in that?
View Mark Strahl Profile
CPC (BC)
How many band members are in the Yale First Nation, and how many are living on reserve right now?
View Mark Strahl Profile
CPC (BC)
Could you give us an indication of how your people are feeling about this final step? What are their hopes for the future going forward?
View Mark Strahl Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you very much. Again, congratulations to you and the entire Yale First Nation.
View Mark Strahl Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I noted with interest—and I appreciate you bringing this to my attention—that military family resource centres are not-for-profit, third-party corporations with their own boards of directors. Is that a board of directors for each individual unit across the country, or is it one board of directors that governs the national organization?
View Mark Strahl Profile
CPC (BC)
Given that I think I saw 32, or something like that, across the country, does each individual MFRC respond to the local conditions? For instance, I would expect in Petawawa the MFRC would be quite different from the one in Esquimalt, just because of the different branches and the different.... I assume you would be dealing with a lot more of the post-combat OSIs, etc., at Petawawa than you would at Esquimalt.
Can you maybe describe how your organization ensures that there is a baseline level of service across the country but encourages specific chapters to deal with specific local concerns?
View Mark Strahl Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you.
You said you read the testimony from the last meeting. We were dealing with a couple of parents. Obviously, the children they were concerned about were soldiers—age of majority, willing members of the Canadian Forces. How do you deal with adult parents—I guess is a way to put it—who are perhaps not as much a part of the traditional model that you've talked about with the spouses? Have you expanded to include parents, or is that kind of in its infancy?
View Mark Strahl Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
To the witnesses, I guess when it comes down to it, no matter what occupation our children are in, we're going to stand up for them. You're before this committee because your kids chose a life in the military. But you'd be at any other committee if they'd chosen another path and were facing similar problems. I want to thank you for that.
Mr. Woolvett, is your son still an active member of the Canadian Forces?
View Mark Strahl Profile
CPC (BC)
You mentioned that he returned home in August of 2007. I didn't catch the month he redeployed in 2008.
View Mark Strahl Profile
CPC (BC)
So it was just over a year later.
In that intervening year, what was his life like then? Was the military aware of PTSD or something like it—“addiction”, as they called it? Did he present as a normal soldier for that year, or were there indications even at that time?
View Mark Strahl Profile
CPC (BC)
So it was after his second deployment that things really started to....
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