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Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I have a few reports to table today. Under the provisions of Standing Order 32(2), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, copies of the “Westbank First Nation Self-Government Agreement: Annual Report on Implementation 2013-14”. I request that this r

December 11th, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act  Mr. Speaker, I am proud to stand here today as an Inuk woman in Canada and to be part of a government that has been clear that Canada is fully in support of the UN Declaration on the Rights of indigenous Peoples. As has been stated by our ministers and the Prime Minister, we are

December 5th, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, under the provisions of Standing Order 32(2), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, copies of the 2014/15 Annual Report on the State of Inuit Culture and Society. I request that this report be referred to the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Nor

December 5th, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I would like to, first of all, outline that the work of the committees of the House is at the discretion of those committees. It is their decision as to what particular witnesses they want to call or what issues they want to study. I think it is also important to p

December 4th, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise to speak to this issue, on the traditional territory of the Algonquin people. As a government, we want to end all violence against all women. We will not stop until we have eradicated violence against women in our society and until women feel s

December 4th, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, it goes without saying that our government is very committed to working with first nations, parliamentarians, and all those individuals who have been impacted by the discriminatory factors and clauses in the Indian Act. We are making historic amendments to this bill

December 1st, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indian Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for her invested interest in what is happening with this bill and, certainly more important, what is happening with sex-based inequities that exist within the Indian Act right now. I have said before and I will say again in this House that if it

November 30th, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indian Act  Mr. Speaker, we know that discrimination has existed for a very long time, nearly 150 years under the Indian Act. When I look back and see that these inequities go back to 1869, it is actually shocking. It was nearly 100 years before I was born. Since then, we have not been able

November 30th, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indian Act  Mr. Speaker, it is fair to say that the member was part of the previous government that continued to govern under this very racist and discriminatory legislation, and chose to ignore it even though three court cases at that time said the government needed to amend the Indian Act.

November 30th, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indian Act  Mr. Speaker, it goes without saying the tremendous passion that the member has for promoting indigenous rights and people in Canada. He certainly comes from a long line of advocates of these principles. The member knows that together we have all worked hard to do what is right i

November 30th, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indian Act  Mr. Speaker, what is ironic about all of this is that the member opposite said that if we gave the Conservatives those initiatives and that time, they would have all of that fixed, yet they had 10 years and fixed absolutely nothing. If I had the time, I could go on with the litan

November 30th, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Residential Schools  Mr. Speaker, today I rise to thank the Prime Minister and the Government of Canada for their leadership in delivering on a long overdue promise to bring closure to many other indigenous people in Canada by apologizing to the residents of Newfoundland and Labrador who were former

November 30th, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indian Act  Madam Speaker, I thank the member opposite for his contribution to this debate. I know that he, like many of us in this House, wishes that we were standing here today to repeal the Indian Act, and not just amending it. We all know the flawed legislation that this country has had

November 30th, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indian Act  Mr. Speaker, I do not think there is any doubt whatsoever of the sincerity of this government to act upon the inequities and discriminatory factors that exist within the legislation. I also do not think that there is any doubt about this government's consultation practices. We ha

November 29th, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indian Act  Mr. Speaker, Bill S-3 is sexist, and the Indian Act is sexist and racist. It is a colonialist piece of legislation. We will be the first to admit that. At some point it has to be repealed and replaced. The Assembly of First Nations has said that it supports passing the current a

November 29th, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal