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Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I am glad to see that the member opposite supports the inquiry now, because families and survivors fought for a very long time against the previous government, which she was a part of, for this inquiry. In fact, at the Special Committee on Violence Against Indigenous

October 19th, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for raising this issue. I know it is very important to all people in our country. Our government is committed to ending the ongoing national tragedy of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. We have launched a truly national independen

October 19th, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to acknowledge the many vigils that are being held across Canada in memory of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, including a vigil here on Parliament Hill today. I want to acknowledge and thank all members of Parliament and the Prime Minist

October 4th, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, the hon. member should know as well that she is citing the maximum value of the contract, which included travel arrangements, out-of-pocket expenses, and any number of costs associated with travelling to rural and remote regions of Canada to consult with indigenous p

October 3rd, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to recognize that I stand on traditional territory of the Algonquin nation this evening as I respond to the question raised by the member for Lethbridge. I am somewhat taken aback by the fact that the late show question presented was not regarding tax

October 3rd, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I know that my colleague agrees with us that the program for northerners and the struggles they have in trying to feed their families are completely unacceptable. That is why our government has expanded the program to include 37 other communities. We have also invest

September 22nd, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, in our discussions with the commissioners, they made the point that the process in which they are engaged is one that will require tremendous sensitivity. They are progressing on a road that we have not progressed on before, and they find it very much a priority tha

September 22nd, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, yesterday we had the opportunity to meet with the commissioners from the missing and murdered indigenous women inquiry in Canada and to hear first-hand from the commissioners about the work they are doing. Our government has launched a truly national and independent

September 22nd, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, as the member for Nanaimo—Ladysmith already knows, today we debated Bill S-3 in the House, which would make changes to the Indian Act with respect to sex-based discrimination. We are encouraging members to support those amendments, and we are hopeful that they will,

June 20th, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for Nanaimo—Ladysmith for the opportunity to reaffirm the government's commitment to ending the ongoing national tragedy, recognizing that I do so on traditional territory of the Algonquin nation on the eve of National Aboriginal Day in Canada. Ou

June 20th, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indian Act  Mr. Speaker, this afternoon the judge rejected the plaintiff's application for a further extension. The member is aware of that. More than 35,000 people have been waiting two years since this court decision was exercised to exercise their rights. She understands that we need to p

June 20th, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indian Act  Madam Speaker, it goes without saying that many women out there today will benefit as a result of the changes we are making in the bill. Will it go as far as we would like it to go at this current time? No, it will not. When representatives of NWAC testified before committee, an

June 20th, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indian Act  Madam Speaker, if the legislation, which addresses the charter issues outlined in the Descheneaux decision, is not passed before the date that has been struck by the court, the practical implication will be that these provisions will then become inoperative within Canada, as the

June 20th, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indian Act  Madam Speaker, the hon. member's question gives me the opportunity to remind people in our country that it was his government that fought against the elimination of sex-based inequities in registration for years. The government, under former Prime Minister Harper, spent hundreds

June 20th, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indian Act  Madam Speaker, I am rising to speak to Bill S-3 because it is a very important bill and one that, with these amendments and changes, will foster tremendous progress for many indigenous people in Canada. It is an act to amend the Indian Act, and it focuses on the elimination of se

June 20th, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal