Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Aboriginal Peoples

Issue 35 - Minutes of Proceedings - March 26, 2018


OTTAWA, Monday, March 26, 2018
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[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples met this day at 9:12 a.m., in room 160-S, Centre Block, the chair, the Honourable Lillian Eva Dyck, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Boniface, Christmas, Dyck, McCallum, Patterson, Tannas and White (7).

In attendance: Brittany Collier and Michael Chalupovitsch, Analysts, Parliamentary Information and Research Services, Library of Parliament; Síofra McAllister, Communications Officer, Senate Communications Directorate.

Also present: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday, February 15, 2018, the committee continued its consideration of the subject matter of Bill C-45, An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts, insofar as it relates to the Indigenous peoples of Canada. (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 33.)

WITNESSES:

Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated:

Aluki Kotierk, President.

As individuals:

Isaac Shooyook;

Louis Uttak;

Geela Arnauyumayuq, Support Person;

George Qulaut, Support Person;

Chief Ross Perley (by video conference).

IndigiCo:

Mike Fontaine, Vice President;

Sara Loft, Vice President;

Howard Morry, Legal Counsel.

Mohawk Council of Akwesasne:

Chief April Adams-Phillips.

Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association:

Marilee Nowgesic, Executive Director.

Onion Lake Cree Nation:

Philip Chief, Interim Director.

National Native Addictions Partnership Foundation:

Carol Hopkins, Executive Director (by video conference).

Indigenous Bar Association:

Josephine A. de Whytell, Barrister and Solicitor.

Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services:

Derek Stephen, Executive Director;

Mary Bird, Legal Aid Director & Area Director.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police:

Trevor Daroux, Chief Superintendent, National Aboriginal Policing Services;

Inspector Kimberly Taplin, Acting Director, National Aboriginal Policing and Crime Prevention Services;

Inspector Jason McAdam, Officer in Charge, National Crime Prevention Services.

The chair made a statement.

It was agreed that documents provided by the witnesses be distributed to the committee members even if the notes are available in only one of the two official languages.

Mr. Shooyook, Mr. Uttak and Ms. Kotierk each made a statement and, together with Ms. Arnauyumayuq and Mr. Qulaut, answered questions.

At 10:24 a.m., the committee suspended.

At 10:36 a.m., the committee resumed.

Ms. Loft, Mr. Fontaine, Mr. Marry, Chief Adams-Phillips and Chief Perley each made a statement and answered questions.

At 11:42 a.m., the committee suspended.

At 11:47 a.m., the committee resumed.

Ms. Nowgesic made a statement and answered questions.

At 12:12 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 1:19 p.m., the committee resumed.

Mr. Chief made a statement and answered questions.

At 1:41 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 1:50 p.m., the committee resumed.

Ms. Hopkins made a statement and answered questions.

At 2:50 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 3 p.m., the committee resumed.

Ms. de Whytell, Mr. Stephen and Ms. Bird each made a statement and answered questions.

Mr. Daroux made a statement and answered questions.

At 4:25 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.

ATTEST:

Mark Palmer
Clerk of the Committee