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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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Bill C-15 - UNDRIP - Second Reading

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak at second reading of Bill C-15, An Act respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. I would like to start by reading a relevant quote from author Augie Fleras from the heading “Remaking Canada: Muddling Through Models” found within The Politics of Jurisdiction: Pathway or Predicament. The author states: Canada is a test case for a grand notion – the notion that dissimilar people can share lands, resources, power, and…
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Bill S-227 - National Ribbon Skirt Day Bill - Second Reading

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to second reading of Bill S-227, which would establish January 4 of each and every year as National Ribbon Skirt Day. Through this bill, Canadians would have the opportunity to further their understanding and education of Indigenous culture and heritage, specifically the ribbon skirt, which is a symbolic piece of clothing used in Indigenous tradition. I want to thank Chief George Cote of the Cote First Nation in Saskatchewan, as well as Isabella Kulak…
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Motion Pertaining to Mi’kmaw Fishers and Communities

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Francis, seconded by the Honourable Senator Pate: That the Senate affirm and honour the 1999 Supreme Court of Canada Marshall decision, and call upon the Government of Canada to do likewise, upholding Mi’kmaw treaty rights to a moderate livelihood fishery, as established by Peace and Friendship Treaties signed in 1760 and 1761, and as enshrined in section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982; and That the Senate condemn the violent and crimin…
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Bill C-7 - Medical Assistance in Dying - Message from the House

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak on the message from the other place on Bill C-7. I dedicate this speech to the First Nations and disability communities who continue to courageously fight for a better world for the people and the communities which they advocate and speak for. The Liberal Government’s commitment to renewing a nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous peoples in Canada has been made with promises to make progress “on issues most important to First Nations, the Métis…
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Bill C-7 - Medical Assistance in Dying - Third Reading

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to third reading of Bill C-7. In a meeting I had with a chief yesterday, he said, “We have ugly politics on the reserves, but at critical times —” referring to funerals, “— we bury the hatchet and we work together.” Colleagues, where do I come from when I speak to you, one senator to another? I don’t look at education or degrees, at privilege or at hierarchy. My main responsibility is to get First Nations and the disability community’s concerns on Bill…
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