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National Council for Reconciliation Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to pick up on the conversation about missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. I know that, right now, it is an area particularly being highlighted. There is work that we have been doing for the last several years in order to get both the calls for just

February 12th, 2024House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

National Council for Reconciliation Act  Mr. Speaker, first, I want to thank my colleague for all his work and congratulate him on his new role as the Bloc Québécois critic for indigenous relations and northern development. I know that the member has indigenous communities in his riding. Can he talk to us about the im

February 9th, 2024House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

National Council for Reconciliation Act  Mr. Speaker, at the outset I shared the frustration that the pace of reconciliation is probably not where we want it to be. We want to advance things in a very expedient and fast way. If we look at, for example, Bill C-92, which was a piece of legislation we brought forward, it

February 9th, 2024House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

National Council for Reconciliation Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague from Labrador for her long-standing advocacy and work on reconciliation. What I can confirm with this bill, which has been strengthened by the other place, is that we now have an additional measure of accountability where the minis

February 9th, 2024House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

National Council for Reconciliation Act  Mr. Speaker, I hope my silence reflected the need for me to not answer that question. It is a deeply offensive question when we are talking about the passage of Bill C-29, which is meant to establish a national centre for truth and reconciliation. I cannot believe that we cannot

February 9th, 2024House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

National Council for Reconciliation Act  Mr. Speaker, since we took office in 2015, we have been working to advance reconciliation across the board. It is the number one priority for the Prime Minister. He has reiterated that on a number of occasions. In 2017, we established the interim council that, over the last seve

February 9th, 2024House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

National Council for Reconciliation Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to acknowledge that we had a very critical discussion during the two days of conversations we had at the IFPT round table. It was the second round table we had; we brought together many different national indigenous organizations, survivor groups and those who

February 9th, 2024House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

National Council for Reconciliation Act  Mr. Speaker, we cannot go back to those days. This brings me to the legislation at hand. Bill C-29, which we are here to discuss today, represents another crucial step in this ongoing, sustained effort. Despite this effort, the road to reconciliation is sometimes a winding road

February 9th, 2024House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

National Council for Reconciliation Act  moved the second reading of, and concurrence in, amendments made by the Senate to Bill C-29, An Act to provide for the establishment of a national council for reconciliation. Mr. Speaker, kwe kwe. Ulaakut. Tansi. I would first like to acknowledge that we are gathered on the un

February 9th, 2024House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the hon. member for Skeena—Bulkley Valley for his advocacy for the Council of the Haida Nation. For 50 years, the Haida Nation has been on a journey toward self-governance. This recognition is long overdue and rightfully owed. Later today, I will hav

February 6th, 2024House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, the history of Canada is built on displacement of indigenous peoples from their lands, which they hold very sacred. This landmark agreement with the Snuneymuxw First Nation, involving the return of Camp Nanaimo lands, represents a significant step in honouring our co

February 1st, 2024House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, addressing the ongoing violence against indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQ+ people is a whole-of-government approach which requires living up to our moral obligations as a country on the calls to justice. That is why, in budget 2023, we have invested $125 million to

December 12th, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Indigenous Services  Mr. Chair, I always appreciate my hon. colleague's comments and feedback. I think it is critical, and I recognize the frustration she expresses. She does that for her people, and I am very grateful that their voice is here in Parliament. I want to thank her for that. One of the

December 11th, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Indigenous Services  Madam Chair, it is simplistic sometimes to say there is one particular incident that led us to this place. I think there were successive governments that underfunded Indigenous Services. When we took office in 2015, one of the most important aspects of the Prime Minister's commi

December 11th, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Indigenous Services  Madam Chair, I am not going to speak for ISC, but I can tell the member that we have a whole-of-government approach when it comes to reconciliation. As I indicated earlier, the need to close the gap is essential, and the work we have been doing over the last eight years is toward

December 11th, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal