Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Issue 51 - Minutes of Proceedings - April 4, 2019
OTTAWA, Thursday, April 4, 2019
The Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples met this day at 1 p.m., in room C128, Senate of Canada
Building, the chair, the Honourable Lillian Eva Dyck, presiding.
Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Christmas, Coyle, Doyle, Duffy, Dyck, LaBoucane-
Benson, Lovelace Nicholas, McCallum, McPhedran, Pate, Patterson and Tannas (12).
In attendance: Brittany Collier and Marlisa Tiedemann, Analysts, 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, February 28, 2019, the committee continued
its examination the subject matter of Bill C-91, An Act respecting Indigenous languages. (For complete text of the order
of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No 50.)
Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research:
Karon Shmon, Director, Publishing (by video conference);
David Morin, Curriculum Developer (by video conference).
Métis Settlements General Council:
Blake Desjarlais, Director of Public and National Affairs.
Council of Yukon First Nations:
Tina Jules, Director, Yukon Native Language Centre (by video conference).
Nisga'a Lisims Government:
Corinne McKay, Secretary-Treasurer.
Office of the Official Languages Commissioner of the Northwest Territories:
Shannon Gullberg, Official Languages Commissioner.
Office of the Official Languages Commissioner of Nunavut:
Helen Klengenberg, Official Languages Commissioner.
The chair made a statement.
It was agreed that the committee be permitted to distribute documents that are in English only during today's
meeting, with translation to follow.
Ms. Shmon and Mr. Desjarlais each made a statement and, together with Mr. Morin, answered questions.
At 2 p.m., the committee suspended.
At 2:08 p.m., the committee resumed.
Ms. Jules and Ms. McKay each made a statement and answered questions.
At 2:50 p.m., the committee suspended.
At 2:56 p.m., the committee resumed.
Ms. Gullberg and Ms. Klengenberg each made a statement and answered questions.
At 3:41 p.m., the committee suspended.
At 3:46 p.m., the committee resumed in camera, pursuant to rule 12-16(1)(d), to discuss drafting instructions.
It was agreed that senators' staff be permitted to remain in the room for the in camera portion of the meeting.
It was agreed to permit audio-recording of the in camera portion of the meeting, and that one copy be kept with the
clerk of the committee for consultation by committee members or staff present, and that the audio-recording be
destroyed by the clerk when authorized to do so by the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure, but no later than at
the end of the parliamentary session.
At 4:16 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.
Mireille K. Aubé
Clerk of the Committee