As always, Minister, it's a real pleasure to have you here at committee.
Thank you, staff, as well. You're becoming a regular fixture as well at our committees. We greatly appreciate you all taking the time out of your very busy schedules to be here.
I want to go to the specific claim side and the rights tables, because I think in your speech you outlined some real progress that is happening in this direction.
I will read it:
An exciting new way that we are supporting indigenous people in realizing their vision of self-determination is through the recognition of indigenous rights and self-determination discussion tables...there are over 77 tables, with 380 communities...
That's over half of the communities in the country. A speech in February 2018....
I would argue what was mentioned here earlier by a previous member. There's real progress that has happened, and real progress we've never seen before as a country.
I would like you to expand on that and where you now see the path moving forward towards a full rights table.