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View Kody Blois Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Kody Blois Profile
2020-10-15 11:02
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Madam Clerk, I'd like to propose Mr. Lloyd Longfield.
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View Darrell Samson Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you very much.
I nominate Mr. Luc Desilets of the Bloc Québécois as second vice-chair.
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View Darrell Samson Profile
Lib. (NS)
You're welcome.
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View Jaime Battiste Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Jaime Battiste Profile
2020-10-13 11:09
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I would like to move that Bob Bratina be the chair of the committee.
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View Lenore Zann Profile
Lib. (NS)
Mr. Chair, on a point of order, I can't find the blue hand. I've had my hand up for some time now.
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View Lenore Zann Profile
Lib. (NS)
Where are the blue hands? I don't understand.
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View Lenore Zann Profile
Lib. (NS)
I see, and then there are other hands in there.
The ones where it says “reactions”, is that considered a hand too?
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View Lenore Zann Profile
Lib. (NS)
That's what I was using as my hand. There's a hand in there.
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View Lenore Zann Profile
Lib. (NS)
Got it. Thank you. Sorry about that.
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View Jaime Battiste Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Jaime Battiste Profile
2020-10-13 11:57
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Yes. I do agree with COVID being top of mind in terms of priorities that we need to look at for indigenous communities across Canada.
One of the most disheartening things that we've been seeing across Canada over the past few months is more heightened acts of racism and discrimination. It's really disheartening to talk about, but I think it's important. One of the things that Nelson Mandela once said was that education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.
We talked about treaty commissions when we met in the previous government with this committee. I'd like to put back on the table that we really need to look at treaty commissions. There is some great work going on across several provinces on anti-racism by creating awareness and creating the premise that we're all in this together and that we're all treaty people. These are things that are going on in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Nova Scotia.
I'd really like to introduce a motion:
That pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), and given the evolving roles and responsibilities of Treaty Commissions across the provinces, that the committee undertake a study on how Treaty Commissions be utilized to educate and create awareness of the Indigenous history and rights in Canada. The new national treaty commissioner’s office be designed and established with Indigenous partners with the goals of creating rights awareness, supporting reconciliation efforts and implementing indigenous rights in Canada; that the witness list include representatives from Treaty Commissions in Manitoba, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan, rights holders, academics, and officials from the Ministry of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs; and that the committee report its findings to the House.
I think that would be a good starting point for discussion after we talk about COVID. These are consistent with what's being suggested in the calls to action, both for the missing and murdered indigenous women as well as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
I think it's consistent with what our government needs to look at in ensuring that we're taking the proper steps towards reconciliation.
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View Lenore Zann Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
First of all, I want to say thank you to my colleagues.
Both of those studies sound really interesting. At this particular time in our history, I think we're at a tipping point where we need to do more to change the way things have always been and to be able to treat first nations, indigenous, Inuit and Métis people with more respect. We have to really get to the bottom of how we change systemic racism in Canada to make life better for all indigenous peoples.
On that note, I have a motion I'd like to make regarding a study. It is regarding the quality of health care for indigenous peoples and the impacts of systemic racism on access to equality of that health care.
I move:
That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the committee undertake a study of the role of the federal government in ensuring quality access to healthcare for Indigenous Peoples in Canada and the impacts of systemic racism on both the access to and quality of healthcare for First Nations, Inuit and Métis; that the committee include the testimony of Indigenous Peoples living on reserve, off reserve and in urban centres, as well as local Indigenous and non-Indigenous health providers; that the committee take into consideration the testimony of Indigenous physicians and patients; that the committee report its findings and recommendations to the House; and that, pursuant to Standing Order 109, the committee request that the Government table a comprehensive response to the report.
In closing, regarding that motion, we've been seeing too much in the news lately of how our indigenous people are treated. Sometimes, it is to the point where they are not receiving the proper treatment, and it has ended in death. I'm sure some of the cases that have been captured on video are just a drop in the barrel. There are many more. We need to really do our due diligence in making sure that this practice stops and that we look after everybody.
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View Lenore Zann Profile
Lib. (NS)
I have a point of order, Mr. Chair.
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View Lenore Zann Profile
Lib. (NS)
No, I just wanted to say that these motions were already distributed. Mine was distributed.
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View Jaime Battiste Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Jaime Battiste Profile
2020-10-13 12:27
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Yes.
While I think it's a good thing for the committee and I think your heart's in the right place, I think the family would much rather hear from you directly, Arnold.
If that is something that committee members individually.... Just speaking from Mi'kmaq culture, to receive something from a committee or a government as a whole won't be as heartfelt than if you take the time to reach out to them yourself. If you require a phone number, I can get it from Regional Chief Ghislain Picard.
I think that would be much more appreciated by the family than a general something from a committee that gets voted on. I don't know if that's reconciliation.
If we're going to send our regrets and have a conversation, that should be a conversation you have with the family. If you need that help, I would be able to help you get that phone number from the regional chief of Quebec.
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