Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
Madam Minister, on May 3, Mathias Colomb Cree Nation found out through the media that they would receive medical tents they never asked for, despite having asked to retrofit their youth centre for use during the pandemic. Chief Bighetty called this action paternalistic.
In a letter to federal officials, the director of their health program, Barbara Dumas-Hart wrote that the approach by the government “has impacted our community with negative ramifications resulting in disharmony and dysfunction.”
At a time when MCCN and all first nations in our region have been doing what they can to save lives, your government used MCCN and made things worse. Since then, we've seen the government attempt to use national security to shield everyone from the truth. Then we saw finger pointing between Indigenous Services and Public Services and Procurement.
Will your office take responsibility for this appalling treatment of Mathias Colomb Cree Nation? What steps has your department taken since this fiasco to ensure that first nations are listened to and not used?