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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

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member opposite for raising this very important issue. We know that housing is an absolutely essential criteria for people to have to be able to enjoy a good quality of life. That is why in budget 2016 we committed $550 million over two year, which has go

October 30th, 2017House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I would like to remind the member opposite of the lengths to which we have gone to make sure that Jordan's principle is fully implemented. This makes sure that all children will get access to the care they need. Up until our government took power, we did not have r

October 26th, 2017House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I hope that the member opposite, as well as all members in this House, recognize the very severe circumstances that indigenous children are facing, with more than 50% of the children in care in this country being indigenous children. We have to all work together to a

October 26th, 2017House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, the documents the member opposite is referring to are based on Jordan's principle, which was passed in the House in 2007. Tragically, there were zero cases approved under the previous government. As soon as our government came into power, we got the resources, hundre

October 24th, 2017House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I would like to start by correcting the record. In fact I am working very closely with Dr. Cindy Blackstock. I meet with her on a regular basis, including yesterday, and my staff meets with her regularly as well. We are determined to bring justice to indigenous chi

October 24th, 2017House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, as a member of the Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee, I was very pleased yesterday to join in an announcement that we would be establishing a task force for the elimination of tuberculosis in Inuit Nunangat. That will be the mandate of this important task force. It

October 6th, 2017House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased, as the Minister of Indigenous Services, to address this issue and to speak in agreement with my colleague about the absolute necessity of making sure that we attain equity for children. Every child in this country should be able to grow up knowing

October 6th, 2017House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, as the member knows, we are determined to address the very serious socio-economic gaps that exist and to make sure we deal with issues like access to clean drinking water. We are very pleased that the Prime Minister spoke with such determination about that today. W

September 21st, 2017House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, in the four weeks since I have taken on the role as Minister of Indigenous Service, one of the things I have heard so loudly and clearly is the absolute need to address the welfare of indigenous children in our country. I will continue the work that Minister Bennett

September 21st, 2017House debate

Jane PhilpottLiberal