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View Rod Bruinooge Profile
CPC (MB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I'm just a little surprised, hearing some of the lines of questioning coming from my honourable colleague.
Mr. Clarke, you can help me understand what Ms. Crowder is trying to say. I think she's trying to say that as a first nation person, you should simply sit idly by and live under the Indian Act without being able to utilize your office to contemplate some changes to the very act that leaves you in an apartheid status.
Is that exactly what you think she said?
View Rod Bruinooge Profile
CPC (MB)
All I heard from Ms. Crowder was that Mr. Clarke simply has no right to introduce changes to an act that limits him in a way that she doesn't appreciate. I find that line of questioning quite ridiculous in light of the fact that he's trying to do something pretty important for first nation people. I just think a little more respect would be in order, for some who could—
View Rod Bruinooge Profile
CPC (MB)
Rob, when you were first elected to the House of Commons and you came to this hallowed place, I remember your telling me when you got here for the first time that your biggest interest was to see changes, in particular to see the Indian Act repealed.
How has your career progressed since that moment?
View Rod Bruinooge Profile
CPC (MB)
You've met with many first nation people across Canada. Perhaps you could go through some of the provinces you visited.
View Rod Bruinooge Profile
CPC (MB)
Thank you, Kyle. Hopefully, we'll be able to get back to you.
Thank you to all the members for your testimony today. I have a number of questions. Perhaps I'll start with Mr. Fine.
Mr. Fine, we were chatting before this began about some aboriginal topics that you and I have discussed in the past, and perhaps I'll start there with a question in relation to that.
Will first nations communities be subject to this bill?
View Rod Bruinooge Profile
CPC (MB)
Can you perhaps think of any areas within the first nations communities where the passing of this legislation could have an impact?
View Rod Bruinooge Profile
CPC (MB)
Okay.
What is the context of this bill in relation to first nations communities? Perhaps you could give some background to this panel.
View Rod Bruinooge Profile
CPC (MB)
Do you believe the mover of this bill is subject to the duty to consult on this bill?
View Rod Bruinooge Profile
CPC (MB)
I know that in a matter of rights going back to 2005, the Canadian Human Rights Commission did actually acknowledge that a section 67 repeal that was going to extend the Canadian Human Rights Act to first nations communities should at least consider consulting with first nations peoples in relation to the changes that were going to face their communities.
Would you agree that that was a good idea in relation to that implementation?
View Rod Bruinooge Profile
CPC (MB)
Do you think it would be a good idea to have a transition period for this bill so that first nations communities could transition accordingly, much like what was done with the section 67 repeal that occurred?
View Rod Bruinooge Profile
CPC (MB)
But you would agree it was a good idea for the section 67 repeal? Of course, many first nations leaders called for it and in the end it was put into the bill. I believe it was a three-year transition period. Do you think that's an appropriate timeline?
View Rod Bruinooge Profile
CPC (MB)
View Rod Bruinooge Profile
CPC (MB)
I'm just going back to the topic of consultation. I have spoken with the Assembly of First Nations. They haven't yet had a chance to think about this bill.
Perhaps the mover could speak to it as well. I know he's not in the hot seat today. Nonetheless, in my conversations with the Assembly of First Nations, they hadn't yet heard from the mover and were unaware of the context of the bill in terms of the effect it would have on their communities.
Should this pass, do you think it would be something your organization would engage in, consulting with them to get a better sense of how their communities would interact with this legislation?
View Rod Bruinooge Profile
CPC (MB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I have just a couple of questions on this motion to amend. I think Mr. Garrison has answered some of this.
Going back to some of the comments earlier in relation to the testimony from Mr. Fine, I know it was suggested that he express some clarity on their position. Just going back to my questions to Mr. Fine, I felt there wasn't a lot of clarity in relation to duty to consult and things of that nature.
My question on this particular motion to amend is again going back to how first nations communities will implement this measure. I know there are a number of systems within first nations communities that I'm not sure have been fully considered yet by this committee. I'm thinking in particular of a practice by the Iroquois to appoint clan mothers and having their input on their processes—processes that have lasted for thousands of years right into modernity.
I think there's probably some value in getting more input on how these changes will impact those communities. I think it's probably incumbent on us as parliamentarians to consider that as we move forward on measures like this. I think it's important; even though there isn't a specific process that Parliament has identified for movers of bills that have demonstrated impact on first nations communities, I think there is some general consensus that there should be some outreach in relation to changes that will impact first nations communities.
I know when I was working on the section 67 repeal back in 2007, which actually extended the Canadian Human Rights Act to first nations people for the first time, it was a process that lasted some 30 years. If it in fact would have started right after the bill was first brought in, introduced, and passed...and really a process of 30 years was in play for being able to consult with those communities and bring them into a place where they began to absorb the changes and the impacts those changes would have.
Am I suggesting that we need to look at that type of a timeframe in relation to this? Probably not. Clearly in the past, though, I think there has been that acknowledgement in relation to these important changes that we're seeing.
Mr. Chair, perhaps this is a question also to you in terms of your process. I know we're currently dealing with this first motion to amend by Mr. Garrison, but what kind of process are you going to be looking at for amendments to other sections? If I were to put something on the table, let's say in relation to a transition period, how would you envision that occurring here today or at future committees?
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