Studies & Bills

Orders of Reference

An order of reference is a decision of the Senate authorizing a committee to undertake the study of an issue, bill or other matter. Most committees require an order of reference before they can undertake such work. However, three committees are empowered by the Rules of the Senate to act on their own initiative without a prior order of reference from the Senate. These are the Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament; the Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration; and the Committee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest for Senators.

Studies & Bills Order of Reference Session  note  note
Bill C-3, An Act to promote gender equity in Indian registration by responding to the Court of Appeal for British Columbia decision in McIvor v. Canada (Registrar of Indian and Northern Affairs)
2010-11-25
Monday, December 6, 2010 at 3:02 PM
  • Michèle Audette, President (Quebec Native Women Inc.)
  • Gwen Brodsky, Barrister and Sollicitor (As an individual)
  • Karen Campbell, Advisor (Assembly of First Nations)
  • Jeannette Corbiere Lavell, President (Native Women's Association of Canada)
  • Chief Marie-Anne Day Walker-Pelletier, Chair, Saskatchewan First Nations Women's Commission (Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations)
  • Roy Gray, Director, Resolution and Individual Affairs Sector (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • Émilie Grenier, Legal Policy Analyst (Quebec Native Women Inc.)
  • Sharon McIvor (As an individual)
  • Martin Reiher, Senior Counsel (Justice Canada)
  • Conrad Saulis, Policy Director (National Association of Friendship Centres)
  • Angus Toulouse, Ontario Regional Chief (Chiefs of Ontario)
  • Jody Wilson-Raybould, Regional Chief, British Columbia (Assembly of First Nations)
Monday, November 29, 2010 at 4:07 PM
  • Hon. John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians and Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • Larry Chartrand, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, University of Ottawa (As an individual)
  • Charlene Desrochers (As an individual)
  • Christopher Devlin, Executive Member, National Aboriginal Law Section (Canadian Bar Association)
  • Françoise Ducros, Vice-President, Afghanistan Task Force (Canadian International Development Agency)
  • Constable Marie-Josée Fournier, Toronto Police Service, EUPOL, Afghanistan, Gender/Human Rights Section, November 2009 - August 2010 (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Roy Gray, Director, Resolution and Individual Affairs Sector (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • Brenda Kustra, Director General, Regional Operations Sector (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • James Melanson, Director General, Afghanistan Task Force (Canadian International Development Agency)
  • Assistant Commissioner Graham Muir, Canadian Police Commander, Afghanistan, June 2009-June 2010 (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Adrian Norfolk, Director, Policy and Advocacy Division/Afghanistan Task Force (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Martin Reiher, Senior Counsel (Justice Canada)
  • Gordon Venner, Assistant Deputy Minister, Afghanistan, Middle East and Maghreb (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
Examine and report on the role that the Government of Canada may play in supporting the promotion and protection of women’s rights in Afghanistan after Canada has ended its combat operations in 2011
2010-11-03
Monday, December 13, 2010 at 4:05 PM
Monday, November 29, 2010 at 4:07 PM
  • Hon. John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians and Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • Larry Chartrand, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, University of Ottawa (As an individual)
  • Charlene Desrochers (As an individual)
  • Christopher Devlin, Executive Member, National Aboriginal Law Section (Canadian Bar Association)
  • Françoise Ducros, Vice-President, Afghanistan Task Force (Canadian International Development Agency)
  • Constable Marie-Josée Fournier, Toronto Police Service, EUPOL, Afghanistan, Gender/Human Rights Section, November 2009 - August 2010 (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Roy Gray, Director, Resolution and Individual Affairs Sector (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • Brenda Kustra, Director General, Regional Operations Sector (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • James Melanson, Director General, Afghanistan Task Force (Canadian International Development Agency)
  • Assistant Commissioner Graham Muir, Canadian Police Commander, Afghanistan, June 2009-June 2010 (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Adrian Norfolk, Director, Policy and Advocacy Division/Afghanistan Task Force (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Martin Reiher, Senior Counsel (Justice Canada)
  • Gordon Venner, Assistant Deputy Minister, Afghanistan, Middle East and Maghreb (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
Monday, November 22, 2010 at 1:35 PM
  • David Cortright, Director of Policy Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame (As an individual)
  • Cheshmak Farhoumand-Sims, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Human Sciences, St. Paul University (As an individual)
  • Alexandra Gilbert, Project Coordinator for Women's Rights in Afghanistan (Rights and Democracy)
  • Mashal Khan, President (Canadian Pashtun Cultural Association)
  • Carla Koppell, Director, Institute for Inclusive Security (Hunt Alternatives Fund)
  • Gérard Latulippe, President (Rights and Democracy)
  • Lauryn Oates, Program Director (Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan)
  • Rachel Reid, Afghanistan Researcher (Human Rights Watch)
  • Sarah Smiles Persinger, Research Associate, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame (As an individual)
Monday, November 15, 2010 at 4:02 PM
  • Nipa Banerjee, Professor, School of International Development, University of Ottawa (As an individual)
  • Kieran Green, Communications Manager (CARE Canada)
  • Aamir Jamal, Ph.D. candidate in International Development, University of Calgary (As an individual)
  • Kevin McCort, President and Chief Executive Officer (CARE Canada)
Bill S-4, An Act respecting family homes situated on First Nation reserves and matrimonial interests or rights in or to structures and lands situated on those reserves
2010-05-05
Monday, June 14, 2010 at 4:00 PM
  • Karl Jacques, Senior Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Line Paré, Director General, External Relations and Gender Issues Branch (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 12:05 PM
  • Karl Jacques, Senior Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Line Paré, Director General, External Relations and Gender Issues Branch (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
Monday, June 7, 2010 at 4:02 PM
  • Chief Noah Augustine, Co-chair (Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs)
  • Chief Marie-Anne Day Walker-Pelletier, Chair, Saskatchewan First Nations Women's Commission (Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations)
  • Ellen Gabriel, President (Quebec Native Women)
  • Emma Meawasige, Elder, Serpent River First Nation (Anishinabek Nation)
  • Pamela D. Palmater, Chair, Centre for Study of Indigenous Governance, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University (As an individual)
  • Chief Lawrence Paul, Co-chair (Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs)
  • Chief Shining Turtle (Anishinabek Nation)
Monday, May 31, 2010 at 2:30 PM
  • The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians and Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency ()
  • Christopher Devlin, Executive Member, National Aboriginal Law Section (Canadian Bar Association)
  • Sherri Helgason, Director, National Aboriginal Initiative (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Karl Jacques, Senior Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • David Langtry, Deputy Chief Commissioner (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Line Paré, Director General, External Relations and Gender Issues Branch (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • Valerie Phillips, Counsel, Legal Advisory Services (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Gaylene Schellenberg, Lawyer, Legislation and Law Reform (Canadian Bar Association)
Monday, May 31, 2010 at 10:00 AM
  • Chief Austin Bear (First Nations Land Advisory Board)
  • Karen Campbell, Advisor (Assembly of First Nations)
  • Jeannette Corbiere Lavell, President (Native Women's Association of Canada)
  • Mary Eberts, Barrister & Solicitor (As an individual)
  • Councillor Ava Hill (Six Nations of the Grand River)
  • Jody Kechego, Senior Policy Analyst (Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians)
  • Martha Lafrance, Justice Court Administrator (Mohawk Council of Akwesasne)
  • National Chief Betty Ann Lavallée (Congress of Aboriginal Peoples)
  • Danalyn MacKinnon, Barrister & Solicitor (As an individual)
  • Councillor William McCue (First Nations Land Advisory Board)
  • Celeste McKay, Director of Human Rights and International Affairs (Native Women's Association of Canada)
  • Grand Chief Mike Mitchell (Mohawk Council of Akwesasne)
  • Chief William K. Montour (Six Nations of the Grand River)
  • Grand Chief Randall Phillips (Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians)
  • Chief Julie Phillips-Jacobs (Mohawk Council of Akwesasne)
  • Angus Toulouse, Ontario Regional Chief (Chiefs of Ontario)
  • Jody Wilson-Raybould, Regional Chief, British Columbia (Assembly of First Nations)
Monday, May 10, 2010 at 4:00 PM
  • John Duncan, M.P., Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development ()
  • Karl Jacques, Senior Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Line Paré, Director General, External Relations and Gender Issues Branch (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
Invite the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development to appear with his officials before the committee for the purpose of updating the members of the committee on actions taken concerning the recommendations contained in the committee’s report entitled A Hard Bed to lie in: Matrimonial Real Property on Reserve, tabled in the Senate November 4, 2003
2010-03-23
Issues of discrimination in the hiring and promotion practices of the Federal Public Service, to study the extent to which targets to achieve employment equity are being met, and to examine labour market outcomes for minority groups in the private sector
2010-03-23
Monday, May 3, 2010 at 4:07 PM
Monitor issues relating to human rights and, inter alia, to review the machinery of government dealing with Canada’s international and national human rights obligations
2010-03-23
Monday, March 21, 2011 at 4:10 PM
  • Jane Blaine, Executive Director (Canadian Blind Sports Association)
  • Mark Hahto, Chief Operating Officer (Swimming Canada)
  • Ozzie Sawicki, Para-Athletics Head Coach (Athletics Canada)
Monday, March 7, 2011 at 4:10 PM
  • Sharon Bollenbach, Vice-President, Sport (Special Olympics Canada)
  • Colette Bourgonje (As an individual)
  • Neil Glasberg, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer (Special Olympics Canada)
  • Christina Judd-Campbell, Athlete (Special Olympics Canada)
  • David Legg, President (Canadian Paralympic Committee)
  • Robert White, Executive Director (Canadian Paraplegic Association)
Monday, February 28, 2011 at 5:08 PM
  • Archie Allison, Director, Outreach and Education (Variety Village)
  • Jane Arkell, Executive Director (Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability)
  • Jason Dunkerley, Program Coordinator (Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability)
  • Mary Law, Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science/CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, McMaster University (As an individual)
  • Jill Le Clair, Founder and Chair (Global Disability Research in Sport and Health Network)
  • Robert Steadward, Founder and Honorary President (The Steadward Centre for Personal and Physical Achievement)
  • John Willson, Chief Executive Officer (Variety Village)
Monday, February 14, 2011 at 4:06 PM
  • Martin Boileau, Director General, Sport Canada (Canadian Heritage)
  • Carmelita Olivotto, Director, Intergovernmental Relations and Special Projects (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada)
  • Jacques Paquette, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Income Security and Social Development Branch (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada)
  • Dan Smith, Director Policy and Planning, Sport Canada (Canadian Heritage)
Monday, November 1, 2010 at 4:07 PM
Monday, May 3, 2010 at 4:07 PM
Monday, April 26, 2010 at 4:08 PM
Monday, April 12, 2010 at 4:02 PM
  • Carolyn McAskie, Senior Fellow, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa (As an individual)
  • Ambassador Henri-Paul Normandin, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Jill Sinclair, Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy) (National Defence)
Monitor the implementation of recommendations contained in the committee’s report entitled Children: The Silenced Citizens: Effective Implementation of Canada’s International Obligations with Respect to the Rights of Children, tabled in the Senate on April 25, 2007
2010-03-23
The issue of the sexual exploitation of children in Canada, with a particular emphasis on understanding the scope and prevalence of the problem of the sexual exploitation of children across the country and in particularly affected communities
2010-03-23
Monday, March 21, 2011 at 4:10 PM
  • Jane Blaine, Executive Director (Canadian Blind Sports Association)
  • Mark Hahto, Chief Operating Officer (Swimming Canada)
  • Ozzie Sawicki, Para-Athletics Head Coach (Athletics Canada)
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