Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples
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Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Aboriginal Peoples

Issue 14 - Minutes of Proceedings - November 29, 2016


OTTAWA, Tuesday, November 29, 2016
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[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples met this day at 9:02 a.m., in room 160-S, Centre Block, the chair, the Honourable Lillian Eva Dyck, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Beyak, Dyck, Enverga, Meredith, Moore, Oh, Patterson, Raine, Sinclair and Tannas (10).

Other senators present: The Honourable Senators Bovey and Pate (2).

In attendance: Brittany Collier, Analyst, Parliamentary Information and Research Services, Library of Parliament.

Also present: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday, November17, 2016, the committee continued its examination of BillS-3, An Act to amend the Indian Act (elimination of sex-based inequities in registration). (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 13.)

WITNESSES:

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada:

Joëlle Montminy, Assistant Deputy Minister, Resolution and Individual Affairs Sector;

Candice St-Aubin, Executive Director, Resolution and Individual Affairs Sector;

Nathalie Nepton, Executive Director, Indian Registration and Integrated Program Management;

Effie Panousos, Senior Policy Analyst, Treaties and Aboriginal Government Sector.

Department of Justice Canada:

Martin Reiher, General Counsel.

Women's Legal Education and Action Fund:

Kim Stanton, Legal Director;

Krista Nerland, Associate, Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP .

Canadian Bar Association:

David Taylor, Executive Member, Aboriginal Law Section;

Gaylene Schellenberg, Lawyer, Legislation and Law Reform.

As an individual:

Pamela D. Palmater, Associate Professor and Chair in Indigenous Governance, Ryerson University;

Sharon McIvor.

Quebec Native Women Inc.:

Viviane Michel, President;

Cynthia Smith, Legal and Policy Analyst Coordinator.

The chair made a statement.

Ms. Montminy made a statement and, together with Ms. St-Aubin, Ms. Nepton, Ms. Panousos and Mr. Reiher, answered questions.

At 10:03 a.m., the committee suspended.

At 10:11 a.m., the committee resumed.

Ms. Stanton made a statement and, together with Ms. Nerland, answered questions.

Ms. Palmater and Ms. McIvor made statements and answered questions.

Mr. Taylor and Ms. Schellenberg made statements and answered questions.

Ms. Michel made a statement and, together with Ms. Smith, answered questions.

At 11:28 a.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.

ATTEST:

Mark Palmer

Clerk of the Committee