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View Jaime Battiste Profile
Lib. (NS)
[Member spoke in Mi'kmaq]
[English]
I just wanted to thank you in my language.
This has been a difficult week for most of us, but for you this was your reality for years, listening to this and hearing this.
This emergency meeting was to help us reflect and understand based on your knowledge. We felt it was important to hear from you, as you live this every day.
There are so many questions as Canadians are going through the grief, the shock, the denial and the pain. Indigenous people are going through the same and are triggered, asking why: Why was our language, why was our culture, and why were our lives so insignificant? Why were we such a threat that this is what we went through?
I think your reflections have really helped us, and your words and recommendations continue to guide our work. We're going to be working hard in this committee to make sure the recommendations are implemented in full.
Thank you.
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Lib. (NS)
Thank you, Minister, for joining us today.
Minister, today's discussion has been mostly around the budget and Pacific salmon, but I would be remiss if I didn't quickly follow up on our reports on the implementation of a moderate livelihood.
A main focus was bringing groups together. We heard of the need to bring scientists, indigenous fishermen and commercial fishermen who are non-indigenous together in a room and really hear from the indigenous leaders and our knowledge-keepers, as well as commercial fishermen and researchers, in a dialogue on the issues.
I'm wondering if you could update us on we whether we have made progress on that front.
View Jaime Battiste Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you, Minister.
I also want to say thank you for the small craft harbours funding. I know that's going to mean a lot to our communities in the Atlantic.
This funding, I understand, is part of our broader blue economy strategy, which I know is currently soliciting feedback from the same stakeholders we discussed earlier: indigenous peoples, commercial fishermen, environmental groups.
Could you speak a bit about the importance of the consultation to the strategy as a whole?
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Lib. (NS)
Thank you, Minister.
How much time do I have, Mr. Chair?
View Jaime Battiste Profile
Lib. (NS)
Okay. Thank you, Minister. I didn't quite get that.
Minister, one of the things that we heard during the moderate livelihood study—and I know you've heard it from the Mi'kmaq communities—was about netukulimk and ensuring that conservation is practised for generations to come. I wonder if you could speak a bit about what you've heard from the Mi'kmaq communities on the need for conservation and what you have learned about this concept that we've heard so much about in this study.
I know that I didn't give you a lot of time to answer, but could you?
View Jaime Battiste Profile
Lib. (NS)
I want to thank the witnesses for joining us today. I want to get into some of the concerns that were raised in the previous panel.
I really couldn't understand some of the concerns raised around Clearwater. I do understand it is a big deal, but it's also a proud deal for Cape Breton when we see leadership taking on billion-dollar deals.
I want to come in with some of the questions around the offshore licences. Here is one of the questions I received in my correspondence: If the conversion of the offshore licence into some other category is allowed, i.e., regulated under communal indigenous regulations, could this, in the future, also be done to owner-operator licences and enable corporations to use indigenous bands or consortiums to circumvent the owner-operator provisions of the new Fisheries Act aimed at protecting owner-operator principals?
View Jaime Battiste Profile
Lib. (NS)
Could this transaction circumvent PIIFCAF owner-operator policy for inshore owner-operator fishing fleets if offshore licences are converted to communal licences?
View Jaime Battiste Profile
Lib. (NS)
Bear with me, because these are some of the concerns that I've received from the fisheries associations. I want to be on the record of being able to say that they were asked and addressed.
How would the potential transfers and their developments interact with ongoing conversations around a moderate livelihood fishery? Can the end result even be predicted at this stage?
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Lib. (NS)
To be clear, these are two completely different types of fisheries, and they don't interconnect in any other way beside the fact that Mi'kmaq are involved. Is that correct?
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Lib. (NS)
A Canadian company.... One of the things that I heard a lot in the previous panel was regarding foreign ownership. We're doing a study regarding foreign ownership. By definition, what does it take to make something a Canadian company? Is there a percentage? How does that work? I'm trying to understand.
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Lib. (NS)
In terms of the Mi’kmaq, are they considered Canadian, the seven bands?
View Jaime Battiste Profile
Lib. (NS)
They're not foreign. We're just making sure on the record that Mi’kmaq are considered Canadians in terms of a Canadian company by definition.
View Jaime Battiste Profile
Lib. (NS)
I like that answer.
In terms of Premium Brands Holdings, do they have a percentage of Canadian level that would make sure that, considering that Mi’kmaq are in Canada, it would go over that 1% threshold?
View Jaime Battiste Profile
Lib. (NS)
That's very impressive. It's not foreign at all.
In previous studies we've heard Mi’kmaq witnesses talk about the Mi’kmaq beliefs around netukulimk. Now with chiefs like Terry Paul, who is one of the leaders in this sale, do you feel that responsibly harvesting seafood will continue to be part of what Clearwater is about? Do you think that with the new guiding principles within the Mi’kmaq that helps ensure the sustainability of the seafood industry?
View Jaime Battiste Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I'd like to start my questioning with Chief Denny.
Thank you for joining us, and thank you for your testimony. As you mentioned in your testimony, the Unama'ki Tribal Police operated between 1994 and 2000. It was one of the remedies or recommendations from the Donald Marshall Jr. inquiry that looked at racism within the justice system.
I'm wondering if you could tell us a little bit about what you felt were some of the successes or challenges around the tribal police. Also, over the last 20 years, it's been under the RCMP, so I'm wondering if you can tell us, in your view, how you believe the local policing has changed on reserve since the RCMP has taken over. Could you elaborate about what you've experienced in that time?
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