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Motion 10 - Racism and the Harmful Legacy of the Residential School System

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to Motion No. 10, which deals with the harmful impacts and the legacy left behind by the residential school system. The residential school legacy: . . . is not an event that only occurred in the past; for some Indigenous peoples, this institution is a living history, and a lived experience that they are still processing. This is a quote from Dr. Natahnee Nuay Winder in the book Residential Schools and Indigenous Peoples: From Genocide via Education fo…
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Motion 11 - Call to adopt anti-racism as the sixth pillar of the Canada Health Act

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to my Motion No. 11, which asks that the Senate of Canada call on the federal government to adopt anti-racism as the sixth pillar of the Canada Health Act. This request for the sixth pillar comes from several sources across Canada, and I’m speaking on their behalf. This appeal first came to my attention through an open letter addressed to many people, including myself, from Josée G. Lavoie, Professor at the University of Manitoba; Mary Jane Logan McCal…
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Motion 12 - ENEV Committee Study on the Cumulative Impacts of Resource Extraction and Development

Honourable senators, once again I rise today to speak to Motion No. 12, which constitutes an order of reference for the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources. As is indicated in the motion itself, I would like this committee to undertake a study on the cumulative impacts of resource extraction and development, and their effects on environmental, economic and social considerations. My interest in studying this matter in depth came from this committee’s previ…
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Bill C-12 - Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act - Third Reading

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak on third reading of Bill C-12, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act. I would like to thank Senators Galvez and Coyle for all the hard work that they have done. As much of my work as a senator has been to work with and fight for the countless Indigenous communities that are ravaged by both climate change and resource extraction and development, I wanted to use this opportunity to elevate their voices within this consequential debate. As su…
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Bill C-218 - Sports Betting - Third Reading and Amendment

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to Bill C-218 and to voice the legitimate concerns that have been raised by the Mohawks of Kahnawake. In doing so, I will also be bringing forward an amendment on their behalf, which I will explain in detail below. Over the past 25 years, Kahnawake has built a successful gaming industry within its territory. They have created revenue that has been used for essential services in their community, most notably, organizations whose mandate is to support la…
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Bill C-15 - UNDRIP - Third Reading

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak at third reading of Bill C-15, An Act respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. I would first like to quote Wendy Lynn Lerat when she stated: UNDRIP provides hope for a more just, sustainable and decolonized future at a time in history when ecosystems are collapsing as a consequence of global over-exploitation of Creation. Some call this “development,” but in reality it’s a time of human-caused climate change unpre…
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Bill S-210 - Commissioner for Children and Youth in Canada - Second Reading

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak at second reading of Bill S-210, An Act to establish the Office of the Commissioner for Children and Youth in Canada. I would like to thank Senator Moodie for the work that she has put forward with this bill. I approached this bill through the lens of decolonization, as I do with all bills that impact Indigenous peoples. As is stated in the Calls for Justice in the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ final report, the…
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Motion to Authorize Committee to Study the Cumulative Impacts of Resource Extraction and Development

Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources Motion to Authorize Committee to Study the Cumulative Impacts of Resource Extraction and Development—Debate Continued On the Order: Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator McCallum, seconded by the Honourable Senator Loffreda: That the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources be authorized to examine and report on the cumulative impacts of resource extraction and development, and their effects…
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Point of Order - Committee Order of Reference

Hon. Mary Jane McCallum: Honourable senators, I would like to rise on a point of order seeking clarification on remarks made by Senator Tannas regarding the process and procedure surrounding orders of reference to our Senate committees. As Senator Tannas stated, committees are the masters of their own domains, and as such, the Senate, as a whole, should not be charged with delegating them work. I admit the proper process and procedure surrounding orders of reference is one that lacks clarity. I…
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Motion Pertaining to the Residential School System

Hon. Mary Jane McCallum, pursuant to notice of February 8, 2021, moved: That the Senate of Canada: (a)acknowledge that racism, in all its forms, was a cornerstone upon which the residential school system was created; (b)acknowledge that racism, discrimination and abuse were rampant within the residential school system; (c)acknowledge that the residential school system, created for the malevolent purpose of assimilation, has had profound and continuing negative impacts on Indigenous lives, cu…
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