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Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for Sudbury for his question. I was delighted recently to make an announcement of a $1.6-billion investment in the first nations-led Watay Power that will bring hydroelectric power from the Ontario grid to 16 first nations. This is the large

April 18th, 2018House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the hon. member for St. John's East for his advocacy on this issue. I hope that all members in this House were heartened to see that there are new investments in the order of $1.4 billion to support child and family services for indigenous families. T

March 1st, 2018House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to answer this question and to talk about things like the housing investments that were made in our federal budget this week. We have investments of $500 million for Métis housing, $400 million for Inuit housing, and $200 million every single year

March 1st, 2018House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, we are absolutely committed to ensuring that no first nations child goes without the care he or she needs. Since November 2015, we have been able to approve 33,000 new requests for children under Jordan's principle, with over 99% approval rate. Last week, I was pleas

February 15th, 2018House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Peoples and Canada's Justice System  Mr. Chair, I want to reassure the Minister of Justice that, like other members in this House, I am delighted that she is putting a priority on criminal justice reform. We will all support her in that. I believe that the minister knows that one of the issues I have been concerned

February 14th, 2018House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I hope all members in the House will join me in celebrating the fact that today 11 long-term drinking water advisories were lifted in Tsal’alh First Nation. Some of these advisories had been in place for almost 14 years. I want to particularly thank Chief Crane and h

February 12th, 2018House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I am very delighted to answer this question. In fact, it gives me an opportunity to talk about a new fiscal relationship, a fiscal relationship that is based on the recognition of rights, that has a relationship with first nations, Inuit, and Métis people that is res

February 9th, 2018House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to respond to this important question and to correct the record. There is no 2% cap. Let us be clear about that. We have made investments in education in the order of $2.6 billion so far. We are currently reviewing all programs related to post-secondary

February 9th, 2018House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for his commitment to work with us on this extremely important issue. Our government is firmly committed to addressing the severe overrepresentation of indigenous children in child welfare in this country. To that end, we sent a letter today t

February 1st, 2018House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, 10 years ago today in this House, a motion was passed in honour of Jordan River Anderson, a first nations child who was denied access to care because of jurisdictional disputes. After almost a decade of inaction, we are making sure that no first nations child goes th

December 12th, 2017House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, National Chief Bellegarde and I received a report which lays out recommendations for a new fiscal relationship. We are working with first nations on a number of proposals, including a permanent advisory committee to guide this new relationship, replacing the default

December 6th, 2017House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, our government recognizes Jordan's principle, which affirms that all first nation children should get the care and services they need no matter where they live or when they need those services. I am very pleased to report to the House that we have reached an agreem

November 30th, 2017House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Madam Speaker, I hope my colleague has recognized that we are on a journey of reconciliation. Our renewed relationship with indigenous peoples is based on a recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership. It is in that context that we are doing work to establish a

November 24th, 2017House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the member for Saint Boniface—Saint Vital for his question and for his leadership of the indigenous caucus. I believe that all members of this House are disturbed by the disproportionate rates of indigenous children in the child welfare system, over

November 2nd, 2017House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, we have contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to bringing equity for children in this country. As it relates to child and family services and the gaps that exist there, we recognize that we are facing a national crisis in terms of the way indigenous children ar

November 2nd, 2017House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal