First Nations Veterans Compensation Act

An Act to provide compensation to First Nations veterans on a comparable basis to that given to other war veterans

This bill was last introduced in the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in September 2008.

This bill was previously introduced in the 39th Parliament, 1st Session.

Sponsor

Pat Martin  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)

Status

Not active, as of June 19, 2006
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

The purpose of this enactment is to provide for the preparation and presentation to Parliament of a compensation plan to give First Nations veterans equitable treatment and recognition.

This is to include the offer of a land grant equivalent to that given to other veterans, compensation for the delay in providing equal treatment, the foundation of a scholarship in honour of First Nations veterans and a formal apology from the Government of Canada to First Nations people. The enactment also provides for an appropriate war memorial on or near Parliament Hill.

The proposed compensation plan will be considered by a standing committee of the House of Commons to allow a full public debate and ensure full and complete treatment of the omissions made in the past.

Elsewhere

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First Nations Veterans Compensation Act
Routine Proceedings

June 19th, 2006 / 3:15 p.m.
See context

NDP

Pat Martin Winnipeg Centre, MB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-334, An Act to provide compensation to First Nations veterans on a comparable basis to that given to other war veterans.

Mr. Speaker, I put the bill forward because first nations veterans were not treated in the same way as other veterans who returned from the war. They had no settlement benefits, no educational opportunities and no housing allowances like the ones offered to people like my father.

The bill seeks to make first nations veterans whole on a comparable basis as any other veteran by recognizing their service in the war.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)