Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Aboriginal Peoples

Issue 1 - Minutes of Proceedings

OTTAWA, Wednesday, September 28, 2011


The Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples met this day, at 6:47 p.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 Ataullahjan, Demers, Meredith, Patterson, Raine and St.Germain, P.C. (6).

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

In attendance: Tonina Simeone, Analyst, 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 Thursday, June 16, 2011, the committee began its consideration of the federal government's constitutional, treaty, political and legal responsibilities to First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples and other matters generally relating to the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada. (Issues concerning First Nations Education) (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 1.)


Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey:

Eleanor Bernard, Executive Director;

John Jerome Paul, Director of Program Services;

John Donnelly, Negociator.

Union of Ontario Indians — Anishinabek Nation:

Murray Maracle, Education Director.

Council of Yukon First Nations:

Ruth Massie, Grand Chief.

Ms Bernard made a statement and, together with Mr. Paul and Mr. Donnelly, answered questions.

Mr. Maracle made a statement and answered questions.

Ms Massie made a statement and answered questions.

At 8:20 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 8:26 p.m., the committee resumed in camera, and in accordance with rule 92(2)(e), considered a draft agenda.

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

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

At 9:10 p.m., it was agreed that the committee adjourn to the call of the chair.


Marcy Zlotnick

Clerk of the Committee

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