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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

Indian Act  Madam Speaker, I want to ask a question for the member opposite. The Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs has said time and time again that it is her intention to correct all of the discriminatory pieces that are contained within the Indian Act over a two-phase process. Wi

June 20th, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indian Act  Madam Speaker, I want to thank my colleague not only for his speech today but also for his contributions to the debate on this bill. He understands this very well. He knows the time limits the government is working toward. Therefore, in his opinion, should the government not hono

June 20th, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

National Aboriginal Day  Mr. Speaker, [member spoke in Inuktitut]. As Jose Kusugak of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami once said, [member spoke in Inuktitut]. I stand in the House today as an indigenous Canadian to honour National Aboriginal Day and to speak in Inuktitut as we celebrate on June 21. We are

June 20th, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Questions on the Order Paper  Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs received 456 pieces of correspondence in the form of letters and emails from stakeholder groups and from individuals across the country on the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls betwee

June 16th, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, as the member knows, the former government imposed legislation and policy around transparency and accountability on first nations. That is not the way we do business. We work in consultation with first nations. We have been working hard with many indigenous organiz

June 9th, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, we fully believe in an open and transparent process of dealing with first nations. We believe in full accountability for all first nations. There is a process in place at this time whereby members can obtain the information through their bands in their respective a

June 9th, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, fighting discrimination is a priority for our government and ending sexual discrimination against indigenous women is a priority as well. We are tackling this on two fronts. The first stage is Bill S-3. That bill will take an approach to reform registration, member

June 9th, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, my colleague knows very well that we are committed to ending sexual discrimination against indigenous women. He also knows that it is necessary to pass Bill S-3 in the House of Commons in order to ensure that thousands of people who are currently being denied their r

June 9th, 2017House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal