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Rights of Indigenous Women - Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs

Hon. Mary Jane McCallum: Honourable senators, my question is for the Government Representative in the Senate and deals with concerns of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs regarding the Coastal GasLink project. In issuing their permit in 2019, the Environmental Assessment Office failed to conduct an assessment of risks this project will pose to Indigenous women. As we know, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms applies to government laws and actions. This includes the actions of federal, provincial…
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Indigenous Police Services—RCMP Training—Reconciliation

Hon. Mary Jane McCallum: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. As part of my Senate work, I attempt to make space for youth to have their voices and concerns heard, where and when possible. As such, the questions I will be asking today are on behalf of students studying Native Canadian law at Brandon University. These questions are in response to issues currently happening out West and across Canada. One student wrote that we are supposed to be mov…
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Rights of Indigenous Women - Federal Responsibility

Hon. Mary Jane McCallum: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. I would like to begin by registering my disappointment upon hearing yesterday that our Prime Minister, in high-level leadership meetings to discuss the Wet’suwet’en protests, did not include the Leader of the Opposition in those discussions. All voices have the right to be heard equally. The exclusion of First Nations throughout history is one of the underlying issues in this crisis tod…
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Blockade Protests—Rule of Law

Hon. Mary Jane McCallum: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. As we all know, the situation on the West Coast and across Canada continues to boil over as the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and their supporters continue their protests over the construction of the Coastal GasLink Pipeline, which would run through their traditional territory. In 1997, the Wet’suwet’en chiefs won a transformational decision in the Supreme Court of Canada known as Delg…
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Denesuline Land Claims Negotiations

Hon. Mary Jane McCallum: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. For 19 years, the Athabasca Denesuline and Ghotelnene K’odtineh Dene have been negotiating modern land claim agreements with the Government of Canada to recognize their rights related to land, harvesting and resource management in their traditional territory. After years of negotiations, in 2018 the federal government committed to conclude the land claims agreements on a nation-to-nation…
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Child and Family Services - Bill C-92

Hon. Mary Jane McCallum: Thank you for being here today, minister. As the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples has already heard from a number of groups from different provinces and territories, there is a prevalent concern that this legislation would disrupt and negate the progress and experience that they have each accomplished in their own regions. In the interests of upholding and maintaining the good work done by these regions, would the government be supportive of an amendment…
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Indigenous Languages - Bill C-91

Hon. Mary Jane McCallum: This is a supplementary to the question I asked this morning in committee. The First Nations I represent are asking further questions. Under Bill C-91, the government’s only positive duty is to consult Indigenous organizations in order to meet the objective of providing adequate, sustainable and long-term funding for Indigenous languages. That may be the stated objective, but, with no specific Indigenous language rights and no corresponding positive obligations on the g…
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