Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Aboriginal Peoples

Issue 55 - Minutes of Proceedings - May 28, 2019


OTTAWA, Tuesday, May 28, 2019
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[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples met this day at 8:02 a.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, Dyck, Francis, McCallum, McPhedran, Oh, Pate, Patterson, Plett, Sinclair and Tannas (13).

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

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 Monday, May 27, 2019, the committee began its examination of Bill C-91, An Act respecting Indigenous languages.

APPEARING:

The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, P.C., M.P., Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism.

WITNESSES:

Canadian Heritage:

Hélène Laurendeau, Deputy Minister;

Stephen Gagnon, Federal Representative, Indigenous Languages Legislation, Citizenship, Heritage and Regions Sector.

The chair made a statement.

Minister Rodriquez made a statement and answered questions.

At 8:57 a.m., the committee suspended.

At 9:02 a.m., the committee resumed and, pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday, May 16, 2019, the committee began its examination of Bill C-262, An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Honourable Senator Dyck moved:

That the committee hold four public hearings on its examination of Bill C-262.

After debate, the question being put on the motion, it was adopted on the following vote:

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

Christmas, Coyle, Dyck, Francis, McCallum, McPhedran, Pate,
Sinclair — 8

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

Doyle, Oh, Patterson, Plett, Tannas — 5

ABSTENTIONS

Nil

WITNESSES:

Department of Justice Canada:

Laurie Sargent, Assistant Deputy Minister, Aboriginal Affairs Portfolio;

Koren Marriott, Legal Counsel.

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada:

Joe Wild, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Treaties and Aboriginal Government Sector;

Ross Pattee, Assistant Deputy Minister, Implementation Sector.

As individuals:

Romeo Saganash, Member of Parliament for Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou, sponsor of the bill;

The Honourable Senator Murray Sinclair;

Wilton Littlechild, Grand Chief, Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations.

The chair made a statement.

Ms. Sargent and Mr. Wild each made a statement and, together with Mr. Pattee, answered questions.

At 9:53 a.m., the committee suspended.

At 10 a.m., the committee resumed.

Senator Sinclair, Mr. Littlechild and Mr. Saganash each made a statement and answered questions.

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

ATTEST:

Mireille K. Aubé
Clerk of the Committee