Madam Speaker, there are few among us who think that my hon. colleague is a beginner.
I appreciate his comment because it allows me to expand for a moment on the broader context here, which I think is important for us to remember.
The bill would ensure that new Canadians are able to begin to fully appreciate the right place of indigenous peoples as part of the fabric of this country. This is a direct response to call to action no. 94, which our government committed to implementing along with all of the others that were released in 2015.
As my colleague pointed out, progress has been made in some other areas, particularly with regard to the protection and revitalization of indigenous languages and with legislation that will ensure that the best interests of indigenous children are reflected in the family court system. That has been incredibly important, along with other progress made around ensuring that indigenous communities have access to safe and clean water.
This is one step. It is part of many steps that have to be made, which we will achieve together toward reconciliation.