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Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member opposite for raising this solemn issue. Our hearts go out to the family of Braiden. We are grieving with that community. I reached out to the chief today. I also spoke to the grand chief of the region to express our condolences. The community whe

December 10th, 2018House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, this is a very important issue. Of course, we agree with the member opposite that coerced sterilization of any woman in this country is a violation of that woman's rights, including her reproductive rights. We are working with provinces and territories and we are w

December 10th, 2018House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, the coerced or forced sterilization of any woman in this country is and always has been against the law. It is against medical ethics and it is against human rights. We are working to make sure that this never happens again. We are working with medical associations a

December 10th, 2018House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, the member opposite asked about several things. I will talk about the additions to reserve that was part of our budget implementation bill. This is a really important piece of legislation. People from first nations have been asking for this for 40 years. Finally, t

December 6th, 2018House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member opposite for raising this issue. The respect and recognition that indigenous patients, like all Canadians, should expect to be treated with in our health system is a matter that is of importance to all of us. We work, of course, with the provin

December 6th, 2018House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, urgency means action now, and it means the actions we have already taken. We have made sure that there are special education funds for all students in that community. I have already shown the member the numbers on how much we have invested in special education in tha

December 6th, 2018House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, prior to our government starting in 2015, the previous prime minister did not go to special chief assemblies, did not go to general meetings of the Assembly of First Nations. Our Prime Minister goes to those meetings. He interacts. He accepts questions from the flo

December 6th, 2018House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I was pleased to be at the Assembly of First Nations' special chiefs assembly yesterday when the Prime Minister spoke. This is in fact the fourth time our Prime Minister has spoken at these meetings. There was a very good atmosphere in the room. I joined several oth

December 6th, 2018House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, on Friday, I was pleased to be joined by first nations, Inuit and M├ętis nation leaders to announce that after comprehensive engagement, we are going forward to introduce co-developed legislation on indigenous child and family services early in the new year. This legi

December 3rd, 2018House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for raising this incredibly important issue. We have made major investments to increase infrastructure on reserves, as well as for indigenous Canadians who live off reserve. We have invested an additional $200 million a year in first nations

November 29th, 2018House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, last Friday in Winnipeg, I was thrilled to announce, along with four Manitoba first nations, that we are investing nearly $250 million to build schools in those four communities. This investment means that those students will not have to leave home and can finish hig

November 22nd, 2018House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I think we can safely assume that everyone in this House knows it is absolutely incomprehensible and unacceptable that the human rights, the reproductive rights, of indigenous women should be violated in this way. I am happy to report to the member opposite that we a

November 22nd, 2018House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, the coerced sterilization of any woman is a clear violation of her reproductive rights. We know that, unfortunately, indigenous women and other vulnerable women have faced coerced sterilization. We absolutely abhor this practice and we are working with partners, incl

November 19th, 2018House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, our government has been very clear. We know that the coerced sterilization of women is indeed a gross violation of human rights. It is a violation of women's reproductive rights. We are actively working with partners in provinces. We are working with faculties of med

November 19th, 2018House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I absolutely commit to continuing to work with the community of Kashechewan, including the chief, to ensure that good solutions are implemented immediately as well as in the long term. The member knows that I met with the chief recently. I will be meeting with the ch

October 22nd, 2018House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal