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Consideration of Government’s Role in Combatting Racism in Committee of the Whole

Senator McCallum: My first question is on behalf of Senator Boyer. “Intentional acts of racism are clearly a breach of human rights and looked upon as despicable by any decent person, though we have had our challenges in this very chamber. “The protests in response to the recent murder of George Floyd are not the first to rock the United States. As for Canada, we have documented the overt racial practices enacted by the Canadian state toward Indigenous peoples. We also know this intentional ra…
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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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