Good morning, everyone. Welcome to meeting number 36 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women.
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted on Tuesday, February 1, the committee will resume its study of the mental health of young women and girls.
Today’s meeting is taking place in a hybrid format pursuant to the House Order of June 23, 2022. Members are attending in person in the room and remotely using the Zoom application.
I would like to make a few comments for the benefit of the witnesses and members. Please wait until I recognize you by name before speaking. For those participating by video conference, click on the microphone icon to activate your mike, and please mute yourself when you are not speaking. For interpretation for those on Zoom, you have the choice at the bottom of your screen of either the floor, English or French. For those in the room, you can use the earpiece and select the desired channel.
All comments should be addressed through the Chair. For members in the room, if you wish to speak, please raise your hand. For members on Zoom, please use the “raise hand” function. The clerk and I will manage the speaking order as best we can, and we appreciate your patience and understanding in this regard.
In accordance with our routine motion, I am informing the committee that all witnesses have completed the required connection testing in advance.
Before we get to everything, there is a motion that I need to have passed this morning. It's regarding our group from Armenia. Do we have agreement from the committee to cover the costs of hospitality, including the purchase of a gift to be provided at the informal meeting with the Armenian delegation on Tuesday, October 25, 2022? I'm looking for a motion in agreement on this.
Thank you, Andréanne.
Do we have full agreement on this?
(Motion agreed to)
I would like to also provide this trigger warning. This is a difficult study. We will be discussing experiences related to mental health. This may be triggering for viewers, members or staff with similar experiences. If you feel distressed or if you need help, please advise the clerk.
As you know, today there has been a change of notice. Today's meeting will go until 12:15. We'll try to make sure everything is nice and compact.
Today we have some incredible witnesses. I would like to welcome Gabrielle Fayant from the Assembly of Seven Generations. We also have, from Covenant House, Chelsea Minhas, who is online; from the DisAbled Women’s Network of Canada, Tamara Angeline Medford-Williams and Sonia Alimi; and from Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services, Amber Crowe.
We will pass the floor over for five minutes to each organization and provide you that time. The first five minutes will go to Gabrielle.
Gabrielle, you have the floor for five minutes.