Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Aboriginal Peoples

Issue 22 - Minutes of Proceedings


OTTAWA, Tuesday, December 1, 2009
(43)

[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples met this day at 9:32 a.m., in room 160-S, Centre Block, the Chair, the Honourable Gerry St. Germain, P.C., presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Brazeau, Campbell, Hubley, Patterson, Peterson, Raine, St. Germain, P.C. and Stewart Olsen (8).

In attendance: Tonina Simeone and Marion Ménard, Analysts, Parliamentary Information and Research Service, Library of Parliament.

Also in attendance: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, the committee continued its consideration of the federal government's constitutional, treaty, political and legal responsibilities to First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples and of other matters generally relating to the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada. (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 1.)

WITNESSES:

Métis National Council:

David Chartrand, Vice-President.

Métis Nation British Columbia:

Bruce Dumont, President.

Métis Nation — Saskatchewan:

Robert Doucette, President.

Métis Nation of Ontario:

Gary Lipinski, President.

Métis Nation of Alberta:

Audrey Poitras, President.

Manitoba Métis Federation:

Leah LaPlante, Vice-President.

The chair made opening remarks.

Mr. Chartrand, Mr. Dumont, Mr. Doucette, Mr. Lipinski, Ms. Poitras, and Ms. LaPlante each made a statement and responded to questions.

At 11:14 a.m., the committee suspended.

At 11:17 a.m., the committee resumed in camera, and, in accordance with rule 92(2)(e), the committee considered a draft agenda.

It was moved that senators' staff be permitted to remain in the room.

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

At 11:25 a.m., the committee resumed in public.

Senator Campbell moved that the committee adopt a budget providing for a communications plan to promote the committee's tenth report, with the following services and goods being funded:

  • travel by the chair, deputy chair and one female senator to Winnipeg, Vancouver, Edmonton, Regina and Moncton to attend press conferences and/or other media activities during January 2010;
  • interpretation;
  • audio production; and
  • creation and purchase of digital advertising.

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

Senator Campbell moved that the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure be authorized to make changes to the communications plan and budget.

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

It was agreed that the clerk of the committee prepare a special study budget application regarding the promotion of tenth report of the committee for submission to the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration.

At 11:30 a.m., it was agreed that the committee adjourn to the call of the chair.

ATTEST:


OTTAWA, Wednesday, December 2, 2009
(44)

[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples met this day at 6 p.m., in room 160-S, Centre Block, the Chair, the Honourable Gerry St. Germain, P.C., Chair, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Campbell, Carstairs, P.C., Dyck, Hubley, Lovelace Nicholas, Merchant, Raine, Sibbeston, St. Germain, P.C., and Stewart Olsen (10).

Other senator present: The Honourable Senator Watt (1).

In attendance: Tonina Simeone and Marion Ménard, Analysts, Parliamentary Information and Research Service, Library of Parliament.

Also in attendance: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, the committee continued its consideration of the federal government's constitutional, treaty, political and legal responsibilities to First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples and of other matters generally relating to the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada. (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 1.)

WITNESS:

Assembly of First Nations:

Shawn Atleo, National Chief.

The chair made opening remarks.

Mr. Atleo made a statement and responded to questions.

At 7:20 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 7:25 p.m., the committee resumed in camera and, in accordance with rule 92(2)(f), considered a draft report.

It was moved that senators' staff be permitted to remain in the room.

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

It was moved that the draft report be adopted.

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

It was moved that the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure be empowered to approve the final text of the report with any grammatical, editorial, formatting and other changes required.

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

At 7:55 p.m., it was agreed that the committee adjourn to the call of the chair.

ATTEST:

Marcy Zlotnick

Clerk of the Committee


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