Chief, I think it's evident that we could keep you here all afternoon. Your wisdom is certainly something we appreciate, and it's clearly evident that you have a passion for your first nation and also for other first nations in terms of moving forward. Certainly you are an inspiration and a leadership model for others.
Thank you so much.
Colleagues, I just want to do a couple of things. Thursday's meeting will be here. We have one witness. We've set aside some time for committee business at the end of that meeting. There are some things we need to discuss.
I just want committee members to think a little bit about the western leg of the travel itinerary. If colleagues want some additional information, I'll provide it at the end of this meeting once we shut down the meeting. If Carolyn and Linda would just stay back with Greg, we can have a little chat for just a few minutes, if that would be all right.
Colleagues, one thing keeps arising, and that is the issue of the A-base funding for the first, original FNLMA adherence, the members. We hear the anecdotal evidence on what has gone and what isn't going, and I think it would be useful if we got absolute clarification and did it formally through the committee.
If you would give me permission, I would simply write a letter to the department asking for the actual number of original members of the First Nations Land Management Act so that we could have a record of that to incorporate into our report.
I just need your permission so that we can actually bring it into evidence. That, I guess, is what I'm asking. Would you give me permission to write on behalf of the committee and then enter that into evidence? It will be circulated, of course.