Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Aboriginal Peoples

Issue 5 - Minutes of Proceedings

OTTAWA, Tuesday, May 5, 1998


The Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples met at 9:05 a.m., this day, in Room 160-S, Centre Block, the Chairman, the Honourable Charlie Watt, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Adams, Andreychuk, Berntson, Chalifoux, Forest, Pearson, St. Germain, P.C., Taylor and Watt (9).

In attendance: From the Library of Parliament: Jill Wherrett and Mary Hurley

Also in attendance: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday March 26, 1998, the committee continued its examination of Bill C-6, An Act respecting to provide for an integrated system of land and water mangement in the Mackenzie Valley, to establish certain boards for that purpose and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.


From the North Slave Métis Alliance:

Clem Paul, President; and

Sholto Douglas, Vice-President.

From the South Slave Métis Tribal Council:

George Kurszewski, Chief Negotiator; and

Paul Harrington, President.

The Chairman informed the committee that the subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure met on April 28, 1998 and recommended that on Bill C-6 the following groups be heard by the committee:

Canadian Arctic Resources committee

Deh Cho First Nations

Dogrib Treaty 11 Tribal Council

North Slave Métis Alliance

Northwest Territories Chamber of Mines

Northwest Territories Dene Nation

Sahtu Secretariat

Akaitcho Territory Tribal Council

City of Yellowknife

South Slave Métis Tribal Council

Gwich'in Tribal Council.

After debate, the Honourable Senator Chalifoux moved -- That the recommendation of the subcommittee be adopted.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

Mr. Clem Paul made a statement and with Sholto Douglas answered questions from members of the committee.

Mr. George Kurszewski made a statement and, with Mr. Harrington, answered questions from members of the committee.

At 11:35 the committee continued its sitting in camera.

The committee undertook discussion of its future business.

After debate, the Honourable Senator St. Germain moved -- That the committee hold hearings on Bill C-6 by video conferencing with those groups that wish to do so.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

After debate, it was agreed to reimburse the expenses of witnesses appearing before the committee on Bill C-6.

At 11:44 a.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.


Tônu Onu

Clerk of the Committee

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