Thank you very much.
I certainly think the First Nations Land Management Act is working fairly well for many first nations. I think the concern we've seen with the program is that not everybody has been able to buy into it at this point. I believe that's what my colleague was talking about with some of the concerns he had.
There's quite a bit that I want to discuss, but I don't think I'm going to have a lot of time.
Andrew Beynon, who is the acting assistant deputy minister for lands and economic development, was before us on February 24, 2015. He mentioned that “it may be useful to explore ways to strengthen the network of aboriginal financial institutions, including ways to promote their self-sufficiency, introduce additional capital, and have them act as a continuing source of financial literacy for aboriginal businesses and communities”. In his remarks, he went on to say, “Pending the Department's findings, the Committee may wish to learn more about Indigenous Business Australia and its applicability for Aboriginal access to capital in the Canadian context.”
Do you have some comments to make about Indigenous Business Australia and how that compares with us? Are there some things we can learn and consider? Do you feel that there's a way for the government to strengthen the network of aboriginal financing in promoting the self-sufficiency of introducing additional capital?