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

Issue 22 - Minutes of Proceedings - May 16, 2017 (morning meeting)

OTTAWA, Tuesday, May 16, 2017


The Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples met this day at 9:03 a.m., in room 160-S, Centre Block, the chair, the Honourable Lillian Eva Dyck, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Doyle, Dyck, Enverga, Lankin, P.C., Lovelace Nicholas, Patterson and Sinclair (6).

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, November 17, 2016, the committee continued examination of Bill S-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.)


As an individual:

Lynn Gehl;

Nikolaus Gehl;

Mary Eberts, co-author of Matrimonial Property on Reserve.

Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto:

Emilie Lahaie, Staff Lawyer.

Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC):

Francyne Joe, President;

Lynne Groulx, Executive Director;

Kim Wakeford, Policy Advisor.

Indigenous Bar Association:

Drew Lafond, Director.

The chair made a statement.

Ms. Gehl, Ms. Lahaie and Ms. Eberts each made a statement and, together with Mr. Gehl, answered questions.

At 10:06 a.m., the committee suspended.

At 10:14 a.m., the committee resumed.

Ms. Joe, Ms. Groulx and Mr. Lafond made statements and, together with Ms. Wakeford, answered questions.

At 11:06 a.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.


Adam Thompson

Acting Clerk of the Committee