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NDP (NU)
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2020-02-25 11:45
Mat'na.
I have a couple of comments, and then some very basic questions.
To start, I'm pretty disappointed with the lack of mention of the Inuit and Métis in both of these presentations.
Eighty-five percent of my constituents are Inuk, and my colleague from the Bloc Québécois also has a lot of Inuit in her constituency. We continually see the lack of services for Inuit and Métis. It's hard to talk about things like training for maintaining water system infrastructure when that infrastructure isn't even there to begin with.
There is also a lot of inconsistency with the wording in the document. Sometimes it refers to “indigenous peoples”, and sometimes to “indigenous people”. Sometimes the word is capitalized; sometimes it's not. I would recommend going by the UN declaration and mimicking whatever wording is used there.
I would like to know from both departments how many individuals in each department are indigenous, and how many of those indigenous peoples are in actual leadership roles where decisions are being made.
Then in both departments, are there definitions for things like, what is reconciliation? What is reconciliation to the Department of Indigenous Services and Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs? How do both departments define a reserve, a first nation, an Inuit or Métis community?
I will leave it there for now.
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NDP (NU)
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2020-02-25 12:18
To clarify Jordan's principle, is it something that applies right now to first nations?
You mentioned there would be a more specific Inuit one. Is there also one for the Métis? Will there be three different types or forms of Jordan's principle for our indigenous groups?
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NDP (NU)
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2020-02-25 12:20
I would also suggest that “Inuit” directly translates to “people”, so when you say “Inuit people”, you're just saying “people people”.
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NDP (NU)
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2020-02-25 12:20
I've heard of ITK a lot. I'm wondering if there are any other groups that are Inuit organizations or representing communities that are majority Inuit, or is it just ITK primarily that you work with?
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NDP (NU)
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2020-02-25 12:21
I know, I worked there.
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NDP (NU)
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2020-02-25 12:21
You didn't mention any other organizations.
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NDP (NU)
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2020-02-25 12:47
Mat'na.
I'm wondering whether the department has a role to play in looking at reserves, treaties, or territorial agreements when we have natural resource extraction happening in Nunavut.
Do you have any space at the table in decisions on where mining is going to happen?
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NDP (NU)
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2020-02-25 12:48
What about on an international scale, when we're talking about things like the whitecoat ban that sent the sealskin market crashing? That's when we saw a spike in suicide. Now discussions are being held on ivory. For certain countries, but for many Nunavut communities, this means a crash in the market again, and it means yearly income decreasing drastically.
Is there a seat for your department at those kinds of discussions?
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NDP (NU)
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2020-02-25 12:49
What do I have left, about 30 seconds?
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NDP (NU)
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2020-02-25 12:49
I'll try.
For the suicide prevention strategy, I notice that the Indigenous Services speaking notes refer to “regional First Nations”. Once again first nations are being mentioned specifically. Are all groups involved in this suicide prevention strategy, or is it first nations-specific?
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NDP (NU)
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2020-02-25 12:53
Yes. Mat'na.
I would like to say that I agree with my colleague from the Bloc Québécois that this is something we should be discussing right away. I want to have that on the record as well.
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NDP (NU)
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2020-02-25 12:56
You're not going to let me have my time for comment?
I just want to say that there are six of us here on this side saying that we want to talk about it, and five on the other side. It seems like a tactic we've been seeing from the Liberal government over the last number of months.
I agree with you, and I support that. We respect the 48 hours. Okay, sure, but I want to make sure that we're all on the same page and each voice is being heard as it should be.
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NDP (NU)
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2020-02-18 12:06
I'd like to know the reasoning behind that. Is that possible?
It's something that we can get done today, so we may as well....
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NDP (NU)
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2020-02-18 12:07
Yes, I understand, but I still don't see the reason that the decision can't be made today. I am one of two indigenous peoples on this committee, and I see no better fit than me for second vice-chair.
I see it as a tactic to hold things up. That's just my personal view.
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NDP (NU)
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2020-02-18 12:25
Thank you.
I don't even know where to begin.
Being a part of this committee is more than just an exercise that you do once to say, “Okay now I know more about indigenous histories, indigenous peoples.” The blanket exercise itself, and I'm one of two self-identifying Inuit in the 338, totally excludes Inuit and Métis groups. For us to have a productive and ongoing discussion, learning doesn't stop there. You don't do the blanket exercise and say, “Okay, I've learned my history.”
People who are fortunate enough to learn and know that history.... I'm self-taught. I didn't know anything about my people either until I started teaching myself and looking for that information. It's an ongoing process. I think it's great that we want to have something like that. We need to be careful about tokenism of ceremony and the exercises that we do. That's also something that everybody in the committee should be invested in outside of this committee.
Let's not carve out time for this one particular thing. Let's make a personal investment in educating ourselves and becoming more aware. When we talk about the issues that indigenous peoples face...and wording is so important. It's not indigenous issues. It's not an issue because we're indigenous. It's an issue that we, indigenous peoples, face.
In saying all of this, I think it's important that we know that history. Often the federal government has played the biggest role in the situations we see indigenous peoples and indigenous groups in today. Now we need to be part of that solution. How can we do that if we don't know the history, if we don't acknowledge that there are three distinct groups? Even within our three indigenous groups there are massive differences.
My point is to steer away from tokenism. People need to have a personal investment in educating themselves and in becoming more aware of the history of indigenous peoples to have a better understanding of where we're at today.
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NDP (NU)
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2020-02-18 12:28
I'm happy to do my research and provide that. I think that as a committee we could come together and look for those resources, and find them.
You're a Nunavik riding. A lot of your constituents are Inuk. You keep saying first nations. How much do we know around the table. We have an amazing wealth of knowledge around the table. I think we can feed off that, as opposed to steering towards tokenism. We're hoping to learn from you, to hear your suggestions, that you're going to provide this information.
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NDP (NU)
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2020-02-18 12:43
Thank you. If we're going to start off in a good way, I don't think a good way to start off is an exercise that doesn't include all indigenous groups and solely focuses on first nations individuals. Also, it's not a ceremony. It's an exercise, and that's what I mean when we're talking about tokenism, and looking to me—again, this is what I'm trying to say—is like me asking you, with whatever your background is, to do work that I can also contribute to.
To ask me for a list of recommendations, sure, I'm okay to do that, but my point is that we all need to make a commitment to being invested in learning. In saying that, I don't think it's a good way to start off, with an exercise that focuses on first nations groups and excludes Inuit and Métis, so I don't agree with doing the exercise.
Thank you.
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NDP (NU)
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2020-02-18 12:45
I just have one comment. It's not that I don't agree with exercises, and this is where I'm already starting to feel outed in a lot of ways. It's that we don't start with this particular exercise, that we start with something all-inclusive, and that might mean reading a chapter from the truth and reconciliation report or memorizing some recommendations from it. I'm not saying I don't agree with doing an exercise. I'm saying not this one in particular.
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