Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Aboriginal Peoples

Issue 10 - Minutes of Proceedings

OTTAWA, Tuesday, September 28, 2010


The Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples met this day at 9:35 a.m., in room 160-S, Centre Block.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Brazeau, Campbell, Demers, Hubley, Patterson, Raine and Stewart Olsen (7).

In attendance: Marion Ménard, Shauna Troniak, Danielle Lussier, Analysts, Parliamentary Information and Research Service, Library of Parliament; and Ceri Au, Communications Officer, Communications Directorate.

Also in attendance: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Wednesday, June 2, 2010, the committee started to examine the progress made on commitments endorsed by parliamentarians of both chambers since the government's apology to former students of Indian residential schools.


Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada:

The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair;

Marie Wilson, Commissioner;

Chief Wilton Littlechild, Commissioner.

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami:

Elizabeth Ford, Director;

John Merritt, Senior Policy Advisor.

Métis National Council:

Clément Chartier, President.

Assembly of First Nations:

Charlene Belleau, Manager, Indian Residential Schools Unit.

The clerk informed the committee of the unavoidable absences of the chair and deputy chair and presided over the election of an acting chair.

The Honourable Senator Hubley moved:

That the Honourable Senator Campbell be the acting chair.

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

The acting chair took the chair.

Mr. Sinclair made a statement and, together, with Mr. Littlechild and Ms. Wilson, responded to questions.

At 10:35 a.m., the committee suspended.

At 10:42 a.m., the committee resumed.

Ms. Ford, Mr. Chartier and Ms. Belleau each made a statement.

Mr. Merritt and Ms. Belleau responded to questions.

At 11:27 a.m., it was agreed that the committee adjourn to the call of the chair.


Marcy Zlotnick

Clerk of the Committee

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