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NDP (NU)
Matna, Chair.
This is again an incredibly difficult conversation. When I was growing up, my non-indigenous mother, when I travelled south, always made me take extra precautions. She said if I were to go missing, she didn't know who would look for me besides her. We lose countless of our indigenous sisters and women.
You mentioned to my colleague MP Gazan that while the action plan started in June of 2019, the funding to partners flowed after the election in October of 2019. Am I correct in saying that?
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NDP (NU)
It's interesting that it took over five months to actually start getting things done.
How many partners are there? What is the number for that?
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NDP (NU)
If you could find me a number, then I would love to know how many you have yet to hear from. You stated that this is something that is a barrier, and I think that's something that's an easy fix. Find the number of partners, how many you have yet to hear from, and reach out to them.
The national action plan has had a year to be developed. COVID has given us lost time, but by my math, that's about 77%. Is it fair to say that the action plan is 77% complete?
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NDP (NU)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Honestly, I've just put my hands up. It's very frustrating to hear these conversations all the time when our women and children are having their safety compromised and we lose lives.
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NDP (NU)
Thank you. Matna, Chair.
I'll start by saying that we are starting this late because we were still waiting on the ministers to come on, knowing full well we've been doing this for a number of weeks. We know how a sound check works. This is why we get online a half an hour before. These are very important questions to be answered. Exactly as has been said, we are looking at what needs to change and where we need to make improvements, where the Liberal government needs to make improvements.
I don't think it's fully appreciated what impression indigenous communities get when a Liberal insider is given a contract, yet so many of our basic requests go unanswered. Nunavut has only seven ventilators. We have valid testing in only two of the 25 communities. We don't have enough clean water. Tuberculosis is still rampant, and there are so many other things.
If SARS, H1N1 and COVID-19 aren't the right time to act on long-term investments for people, then when is the right time?
Minister Miller, I'll start there.
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NDP (NU)
I think that's very interesting, considering my colleague had just given us a concrete example of the types of scandals that we do see all too often in our communities.
I know I'm running out of time, Chair, but I think it's incredibly important that ministers aren't only here to speak on things—we see a constant lack of action—but to be on time and to be respectful. We are here for our constituents, trying to do a job, and we have been prevented from doing that to the best of our abilities simply because of time management issues.
Thank you, Chair.
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NDP (NU)
Matna, Mr. Chair.
Before I really launch in, I want to say how difficult it is sometimes to stand here as an indigenous woman, not only in a system that wasn't built for me but in a system that was meant to eliminate us as indigenous peoples.
In Nunavut, we know the rate of suicide is nine times that of the rest of Canada. Seven out of 10 children go to school hungry. One person in three lives in an overcrowded or mouldy home. Women in the north are three times more likely to experience a violent crime. Systemic and systematic racism is real.
Mr. Chair, National Indigenous Peoples Day is on June 21, as has been mentioned repeatedly today. Even though indigenous peoples in Canada have faced and continue to face incredible inequality, we have strong and beautiful contributions to make, whether in the arts, in music, in education, in medicine, in politics or in any aspect of life.
Mr. Chair, we're done with empty words and sympathy. Systemic and systematic racism is real. We need the federal government to put their money where their mouth is and provide action.
Inuuvunga. I am Inuk. I am part of a resilient people and proud to be.
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NDP (NU)
Matna , Madam Chair.
I will be sharing my time with my colleague, MP Garrison.
The Black Caucus letter was signed by 26 members of the cabinet. It calls for the federal government to “eliminate the barriers to access to justice and public security for Black Canadians and indigenous people”.
Madam Chair, we already have a map. We just need this government to follow it. Calls to action and justice from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, from the report on murdered and missing indigenous women and girls, from the Qikiqtani Truth Commission, from Pauktuutit are clear and at least a start.
The ministers know this. I know this. We all know this. Why are we still being forced to wait to see action instead of just empty words?
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NDP (NU)
Madam Chair, you can look at news from before I was born and apply the same issues to 2020.
When a video was released of an RCMP officer using the door of a police truck to run down and hit a man in Kinngait, many were shocked, but not us in the north. The relationship with the RCMP in the north is so complicated that many don't even call the police because they are afraid for their own safety.
We have been let down repeatedly. Black people and indigenous peoples of this country share those challenges.
The federal government has the power to create change. When will we see action, not just empty words?
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NDP (NU)
Matna. Thank you, Chair.
I'll give a shout-out, as always, to the IT team and the interpreters for putting up with us, basically, and I thank all the witnesses for sharing their experiences and such valuable knowledge.
My first question is for all three chiefs. I am going to ask that you each try to stick to about a minute for your answer, just because of my time limit.
Can you talk about how your experience working with the federal government to support communities during COVID-19 has been? We've heard a lot of frustrations about resources that weren't needed being delivered and timely COVID data not being shared. Could you talk about your own experience?
I'd like to start with Chief Fiddler, then go to Chief Mathias and then Chief Poitras.
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NDP (NU)
Thank you.
Perhaps we can have Chief Mathias next, please.
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NDP (NU)
Thank you for sharing.
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NDP (NU)
Thank you all for sharing.
Ms. Poitras, along with my party, I want to make sure the government follows through on its commitment to fully adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Can you talk about the importance of making sure those fundamental rights may have changed the delivery of COVID resources and what impact it could play in our framework for post-COVID recovery?
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