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At a Glance
October 12, 2021
NEWS

While senators’ duties are mainly as legislators in Parliament, their work also takes them far beyond, both physically and virtually. Learn more about some of their activities.


Wednesday, July 28, 2021 – Senator Victor Oh visits South 50 Farms in Ontario’s Northumberland County, whose roots in the community date back to the 1790s. During the visit, Senator Oh learned more about the farm and discussed a variety of issues facing local farmers.Wednesday, July 28, 2021 – Senator Victor Oh visits South 50 Farms in Ontario’s Northumberland County, whose roots in the community date back to the 1790s. During the visit, Senator Oh learned more about the farm and discussed a variety of issues facing local farmers.

Monday, August 9, 2021 – Senator Wanda Elaine Thomas Bernard meets with campers at the Knowledge Seekers Summer Camp in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. She spoke about the role the Senate played in designating August 1 as Emancipation Day across Canada.
Monday, August 9, 2021 – Senator Wanda Elaine Thomas Bernard meets with campers at the Knowledge Seekers Summer Camp in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. She spoke about the role the Senate played in designating August 1 as Emancipation Day across Canada.

Friday, August 13, 2021 – Senator Paula Simons meets with the cast of Chanzo (left to right: Jasmine Hopfe, Onika Henry and David Shingai Madawo) at the 40th Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival in the Alberta city’s historic Old Strathcona arts district.Friday, August 13, 2021 – Senator Paula Simons meets with the cast of Chanzo (left to right: Jasmine Hopfe, Onika Henry and David Shingai Madawo) at the 40th Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival in the Alberta city’s historic Old Strathcona arts district.

Sunday, August 15, 2021 – Senator Paula Simons and Smokey Lake County planner Kyle Schole tour the North Saskatchewan River with guides and interpreters from the Métis Crossing Cultural Interpretive Centre in northern Alberta.Sunday, August 15, 2021 – Senator Paula Simons and Smokey Lake County planner Kyle Schole tour the North Saskatchewan River with guides and interpreters from the Métis Crossing Cultural Interpretive Centre in northern Alberta.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 – Senator Ratna Omidvar moderates a virtual panel on the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, hosted by the World Refugee and Migration Council. The panel discussed why new pathways to protect and resettle millions of refugees should be developed and the need to rapidly expand initiatives related to the private and community sponsorship of refugees around the world.Wednesday, September 8, 2021 – Senator Ratna Omidvar moderates a virtual panel on the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, hosted by the World Refugee and Migration Council. The panel discussed why new pathways to protect and resettle millions of refugees should be developed and the need to rapidly expand initiatives related to the private and community sponsorship of refugees around the world.

Thursday, September 16, 2021 – Youth participants from the Syrian Canadian Foundation meet with senators Salma Ataullahjan, Ratna Omidvar and Marilou McPhedran. The conversation focused on how the Senate and senators’ work strengthen Canada’s democracy.Thursday, September 16, 2021 – Youth participants from the Syrian Canadian Foundation meet with senators Salma Ataullahjan, Ratna Omidvar and Marilou McPhedran. The conversation focused on how the Senate and senators’ work strengthen Canada’s democracy.

Friday, September 17, 2021 –Interns with the Parliamentary Internship Programme speak with senators Pierre Dalphond, Mobina Jaffer and David Wells during their virtual tour of the Senate of Canada to learn more about the institution and senators’ day-to-day work.Friday, September 17, 2021 –Interns with the Parliamentary Internship Programme speak with senators Pierre Dalphond, Mobina Jaffer and David Wells during their virtual tour of the Senate of Canada to learn more about the institution and senators’ day-to-day work.

Saturday, September 18, 2021 – Senator Karen Sorensen humbly accepts an eagle feather, a great honour, from Elder Treffrey Deerfoot. The senator will take the eagle feather with her to Ottawa and place it prominently in her office, where it will be used for guidance as she prepares for discussion and debate in the Senate. Elder Deerfoot and his group, Blackfoot Medicine Speaks, often perform in Banff, Alberta.  It’s an opportunity for dance, entertainment, and reflection as Elder Deerfoot takes the time to educate the audience throughout his performance with stories of Blackfoot culture.Saturday, September 18, 2021 – Senator Karen Sorensen humbly accepts an eagle feather, a great honour, from Elder Treffrey Deerfoot. The senator will take the eagle feather with her to Ottawa and place it prominently in her office, where it will be used for guidance as she prepares for discussion and debate in the Senate. Elder Deerfoot and his group, Blackfoot Medicine Speaks, often perform in Banff, Alberta.  It’s an opportunity for dance, entertainment, and reflection as Elder Deerfoot takes the time to educate the audience throughout his performance with stories of Blackfoot culture.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 – Indigenous delegates from Young Diplomats of Canada explain their advocacy work and their recommendation to create a Youth Advisory Council within the United National Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to Senator Dan Christmas. The delegates were preparing for the 20th session of the forum and received advice from Senator Christmas.Tuesday, September 21, 2021 – Indigenous delegates from Young Diplomats of Canada explain their advocacy work and their recommendation to create a Youth Advisory Council within the United National Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to Senator Dan Christmas. The delegates were preparing for the 20th session of the forum and received advice from Senator Christmas.

Thursday, September 23, 2021 – Senator Vern White meets virtually with Grade 10 students at All Saints High School in Kanata, Ontario, to discuss his career at the RCMP, his work as senator and security issues facing Canada.Thursday, September 23, 2021 – Senator Vern White meets virtually with Grade 10 students at All Saints High School in Kanata, Ontario, to discuss his career at the RCMP, his work as senator and security issues facing Canada.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 – Senator Brian Francis thanks Ms. Melanie Headley and Mr. Ryan Brehaut from Bluefield High School in Prince Edward Island for inviting him to discuss the “why and how” of the residential school system with Grade 11 students, ahead of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day.Tuesday, September 28, 2021 – Senator Brian Francis thanks Ms. Melanie Headley and Mr. Ryan Brehaut from Bluefield High School in Prince Edward Island for inviting him to discuss the “why and how” of the residential school system with Grade 11 students, ahead of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 – Senator Pat Duncan joins Regional Chief Kluane Adamek, Aagé, Assembly of First Nations, Yukon Region at the Elijah Smith Elementary School in Whitehorse where they read from the book Phyllis’s Orange Shirt, by Phyllis Webstad to students in three different grades to mark Orange Shirt Day.Tuesday, September 28, 2021 – Senator Pat Duncan joins Regional Chief Kluane Adamek, Aagé, Assembly of First Nations, Yukon Region at the Elijah Smith Elementary School in Whitehorse where they read from the book Phyllis’s Orange Shirt, by Phyllis Webstad to students in three different grades to mark Orange Shirt Day.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 – Senator Brian Francis joins students in Grades 4 to 8 at Mount Stewart Consolidated School in Prince Edward Island to discuss the history and legacy of the residential school system, as well as the significance of the first ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.Wednesday, September 29, 2021 – Senator Brian Francis joins students in Grades 4 to 8 at Mount Stewart Consolidated School in Prince Edward Island to discuss the history and legacy of the residential school system, as well as the significance of the first ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Thursday, September 30, 2021 – Senator Michèle Audette meets with students from the Huron-Wendat Training and Workforce Development Center (CDFM) in Wendake, on the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, where she spoke about this day, the history, the present and future. She also participated with students in the fire ceremony.Thursday, September 30, 2021 – Senator Michèle Audette meets with students from the Huron-Wendat Training and Workforce Development Center (CDFM) in Wendake, on the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, where she spoke about this day, the history, the present and future. She also participated with students in the fire ceremony.