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Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I was in Grassy Narrows, because building a health facility there is a priority for us. The hope was to sign an agreement to move forward in addressing the needs of the community. It is part of a process of consensus building and negotiation in the best interest of t

June 4th, 2019House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

First Nations, Inuit and Métis Children, Youth and Families Act  Mr. Speaker, I would answer the question quite frankly by saying, sometimes with difficulty. I made a point of speaking to the chiefs of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs directly. This was codeveloped legislation, which is something that indigenous groups have been requesting for

June 3rd, 2019House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

First Nations, Inuit and Métis Children, Youth and Families Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to take this time, once again, to thank the committee for its very thoughtful work on this matter. Most certainly, we heard them and we did make amendments, particularly, as the member mentioned, on the issue of funding. We gave assurances to all partie

June 3rd, 2019House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

First Nations, Inuit and Métis Children, Youth and Families Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for his kind words. Today was a weighty day for anyone who was present for the final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and the presentation made to the Government of Canada. This is an essent

June 3rd, 2019House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

First Nations, Inuit and Métis Children, Youth and Families Act  Indeed, Mr. Speaker, we are committed to working with the provinces and territories, and we have built in the notion of a coordination agreement to ensure there is a buffer between an indigenous group requesting that it be able to exercise its inherent right over this jurisdictio

June 3rd, 2019House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

First Nations, Inuit and Métis Children, Youth and Families Act  moved that the bill, as amended, be concurred in.

June 3rd, 2019House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

First Nations, Inuit and Métis Children, Youth and Families Act  moved that the bill be read the third time and passed. Mr. Speaker, I would like to start by acknowledging that we are meeting on the traditional, unceded territory of the Algonquin people. Today has been a powerful and emotional day for indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians

June 3rd, 2019House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, our detailed response to the commission's interim report involves taking immediate action to keep indigenous women safe through investments in women's shelters, housing, education, child welfare reforms and safety on the Highway of Tears.

June 3rd, 2019House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, we all owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the survivors and family members who shared their painful memories and stories with the commission, often putting their own health at risk in order to do so. In the coming weeks, we will be announcing our initial respons

June 3rd, 2019House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

Justice  Mr. Speaker, our government is committed to ending the ongoing national tragedy of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. We thank the commission for its work in identifying systemic causes of violence against indigenous women and girls and for its substantive recommend

June 3rd, 2019House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, the hon. member knows that we work in partnership with the Government of Nunavut and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated to respond to the mental health needs of Inuit in the territory. We know that the national Inuit suicide prevention strategy is crucial to addressing t

May 31st, 2019House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for the question on this essential matter facing our country. Ensuring that first nations, Inuit and Métis are able to fully contribute to and share in Canada's economic success is a critical part of advancing reconciliation and self-determi

May 27th, 2019House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, that is not how it reads at all. In fact, we will remain on guard and work diligently with indigenous communities as they make the transition from a diesel economy to a new economy. In the meantime, we have to remain vigilant and make sure we protect at least 24 Onta

May 16th, 2019House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, enough with legislation and policy being played on here in this House without consulting with indigenous communities first. I would ask the NDP exactly how much consultation with indigenous groups they did before they decided they wanted to end the federal energy su

May 16th, 2019House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, climate change is real, and we know that first nations are disproportionately impacted, but the subsidy that the NDP wants to eliminate would leave at least 24 first nations in Ontario alone in the dark, literally. These are communities that rely on the federal elec

May 15th, 2019House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal