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2008-05-28 16:07
I have a quick question. It has to do with the off-reserve housing funding and whether there's any accounting for that money. I know there was the $300 million announced, and I have yet to get a response on whether that money is being allocated for use by aboriginal people in housing.
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2008-05-28 16:08
No, I'm referring to the off-reserve aboriginal housing fund.
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2008-05-28 16:08
I know it went out, but I'm wondering how it is you monitor whether it is actually being used for housing and how we can find that information.
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Lib. (MB)
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2008-05-28 16:09
If I can't get it from the province and I can't get it from them, can I just try to get that from your department?
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Lib. (MB)
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2008-05-28 16:09
From your department, there's no actual monitoring or criteria in terms of accounting for that?
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2008-05-28 16:10
The Department of Finance would be accountable for that funding. They would require accounting for that funding.
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2008-05-28 16:41
Thank you, Mr. Chair, and thank you for your presentation.
I do have a specific question in relation to a first nations political organization in my riding, which is the Manitoba Keewatinook Ininew Okimowin. They have been receiving funding to provide services and outreach for the first nations individuals in their region whom they represent, to help them complete their claims and make sure they're informed. They have been informed they will no longer be receiving funding as of May 2008.
This is a deep concern to the region, because as you may know, in northern Manitoba we have many remote communities where many individuals do not have English as a first language. I know you're familiar with these issues. Just in terms of what we deal with in our office with residential school survivors, we hear about numerous difficulties and challenges, and I know you're aware of that. However, losing this funding is going to be a serious detriment to many survivors in the riding. MKIO has suggested that 65% of the former MKIO Indian residential students will not be able to meet the deadline without support.
Could you respond to that, please?
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Lib. (MB)
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2008-05-28 16:45
I'd like to ask you a couple of questions in response to your answer. First, who made the decision in Manitoba?
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Lib. (MB)
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2008-05-28 16:45
So it's made by government. It's not made in consultation with the three organizations?
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2008-05-28 16:45
I just have to ask if you take into account the complicating factors with those deliverables you talked about? We have a region—and I know you're aware of this—in which we have had difficulties throughout this process with partial payments and the ability of individuals to follow up. Just in that process, it has been really challenging for people who do not speak the language, who do not have English as their first language, and who do not have the appropriate assistance within their communities.
So if we're making decisions because of budgetary constraints, and people on the ground are not being served through this process, what are the answers? I mean, there are many individuals who most need the assistance.
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Lib. (MB)
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2008-05-14 16:18
Thank you very much.
I only have five minutes, so I'm going to get right to my questions.
The Auditor General's report has indicated and does discuss the Alberta model. You, Mr. Minister, have been on the record as saying, and you said it again today, that more money is not the answer; it's about fixing the system and addressing the systemic issues.
However, at the same time, the Alberta model has a significant increase in funding, which will be 74% by 2010 in the new formula. There's a significant increase in the funding in that model, and I hope this is going to be across the board in terms of other communities.
In the report, the Children's Special Allowances Act had a directive from Treasury Board to the Department of Indian Affairs to cut the children's special allowance, which will have a significant impact on communities and first nations agencies, child welfare agencies that have a lot of children in care. I'm a little perplexed by all of these confusing messages and confusing strategies. I want to know about the children's special allowance.
The impact will be really significant, especially when children are being forced into care to access health care services. Many of them are going into child family service agencies. Could you speak to that directive and why first nations child welfare agencies haven't been formally informed about that cut?
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2008-05-14 16:21
Then how could cuts possibly help?
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2008-05-14 16:21
No, that's just for Alberta. Right?
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2008-05-14 16:21
Could you tell me where that is in the estimates?
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