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Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, as the member knows, to ensure the expeditious and efficient administration of the IRSSA, two administrative judges, one from the west and one from the east, were designated to hear all the requests. As he knows, Ms. Brunning appealed to the administrative judge's

November 5th, 2020House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, our hearts are with the families and survivors of missing and murdered indigenous women, girls, two-spirited and gender-diverse people every day. We know that women, girls and two-spirited people are still dying and that we need a national action plan. I was pleased

November 5th, 2020House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I do find it a bit rich that a member of a government that fought against having a national inquiry, and that the prime minister of the day said that it was not even on his radar, is now finally listening to the families. For the families, Hilda Anderson-Pyrz is or

November 5th, 2020House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Lobster Fishery Dispute in Nova Scotia  Madam Speaker, I thank the hon. member for her extremely important question. The Indian Act is truly a vestige of colonial policies. It is very important to me and our government that every indigenous community is freed from the Indian Act. Currently, half of the communities are

October 19th, 2020House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Lobster Fishery Dispute in Nova Scotia  Madam Speaker, I really do think the member knows the government does not direct the RCMP to do anything. This is about protecting populations and maintaining the law as peace officers, hopefully. I want to reassure the member that the fish plants being put forward are based on

October 19th, 2020House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Lobster Fishery Dispute in Nova Scotia  I would like to advise the hon. member that we are in the midst of a pandemic. I have not been on a plane since March. I have been conducting my business from here and from Ottawa throughout this time. We have had very successful negotiations, including the signing of the agreeme

October 19th, 2020House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Lobster Fishery Dispute in Nova Scotia  Madam Speaker, I will be sharing my time with the member for Sydney—Victoria. I am speaking to the House from my Toronto home, which is located on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. We honour all indigenous peoples who paddled these wat

October 19th, 2020House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I share the concern of the member. I too participated yesterday, October 4, as we honoured the lives of those who had gone missing and supported the families of the MMIWG, two-spirited and gender-diverse people across the country. Our government is determined to wor

October 5th, 2020House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Orange Shirt Day  Mr. Speaker, it is only by increasing our collective understanding of the damage done by the perceived superiority embedded in colonial policies that we will be able to confront and meaningfully address the racism toward indigenous peoples that shamefully exists in all of our ins

September 30th, 2020House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Orange Shirt Day  Mr. Speaker, today it is truly important that I recognize that we are gathered here on the unceded territory of the Algonquin people. The spirit of their ancestors must guide our work here in Parliament. On this day, September 30, Canadians across the country will be wearing ora

September 30th, 2020House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, all Canadians should have access to safe, clean and reliable drinking water. As of March 31, 2020, more than $1.6 billion of targeted funding has been invested to support 619 water and waste-water projects, including 331 that are now completed. These projects will se

July 21st, 2020House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, we recognize the urgency of this situation and the significant impact it is having on Canadians from coast to coast to coast. We remain hopeful for a peaceful resolution to the blockades. That is why I was in regular contact with the hereditary chiefs all last week.

February 25th, 2020House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, the member opposite needs to understand that indigenous nations have to determine these decisions themselves. This is about understanding that, going forward, the hereditary leadership plus the elected chief and council need to come forward to form their government

February 24th, 2020House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, our government has been working 24/7 to resolve this issue in a peaceful and durable manner. We all recognize the significant impact these blockades are having on Canadians. That is why I was in regular contact with the hereditary chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en nation al

February 24th, 2020House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I too was questioning the number. I understand there are 13 hereditary chiefs. There are four vacancies now. I do not see that a majority of the hereditary chiefs right now are in support of this project. The question is about coming together in harmony, consensus

February 20th, 2020House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal