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Indigenous Affairs  Madam Speaker, I absolutely agree with the member. There is nothing more important than food security in Canada and around the world. All Canadians, regardless of where they live, deserve access to safe and affordable food. Through budget 2021, we have added another $170 million to the nutrition north program.

June 17th, 2022House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Madam Speaker, our government has been very clear: Climate change is real. The north is seeing the effects of climate change at the rate of three times the rest of Canada. We are working with northerners, with industry, with indigenous partners and with territorial and provincial partners to support the development of knowledge and tools to adapt to the impacts of climate change and to reduce reliance on diesel in the north by shifting to renewable sources of energy.

June 17th, 2022House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Northern Affairs  Mr. Speaker, all Canadians, regardless of where they live, should have access to affordable and nutritious food. That is why, in budget 2021, we expanded nutrition north with $170 million in funding, in collaboration with indigenous partners to address food insecurity in the north.

June 20th, 2022House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II  Madam Speaker, I want to begin by paying my respects to the victims of the recent horrible tragedy in Saskatchewan and to their families. I would also like to acknowledge that Canada's Parliament is located on the unceded traditional territory of the Anishinabe Algonquin people.

September 15th, 2022House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, that is a very important question. In all my travels in the north and the Arctic, both virtual and real, housing is the issue that comes up the most often. However, our government has been making historic investments in distinctions-based housing. Budget 2022, as an example, invested $4 billion in indigenous housing, including $845 million alone in Inuit Nunangat.

September 21st, 2022House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, in Inuvik, approximately a month ago, we announced an expanded nutrition north program, with $164 million in new funding, in partnership with indigenous partners. The newly expanded program moves beyond simply a subsidy with a new community food program fund to directly support community-led food security activities.

September 27th, 2022House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Health  Mr. Speaker, the member is absolutely right that losing one person to suicide is one too many. Our government is committed, through the actions we are taking, to do all things necessary to eradicate the horrible problem. We are working co-operatively with Inuit rights holders, with the Government of Nunavut, with territorial governments and all provinces to eradicate the suicide crisis that is prevalent in the north.

October 4th, 2022House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Taxation  Mr. Speaker, I was in Inuvik as well, about six weeks ago, and there I announced $163 million of new money for the nutrition north program. The program moves beyond a simple subsidy for nutrition north. It offers a new community food programs fund directly to support community-led food initiatives.

October 18th, 2022House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Small Business  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for his hard work on behalf of small businesses in the Northwest Territories. Through CanNor's economic programs, we have supported hundreds of businesses in the north, including 200 women-led enterprises, over 100 owned by indigenous people and over 320 in tourism.

October 20th, 2022House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, this is one of many priorities that we are working on in partnership with the Government of Nunavut and with Inuit rights holders in Inuit Nunangat. We have adopted the Inuit Nunangat policy and, just this morning, I had a very good discussion with the Minister of Health of Nunavut to talk precisely about these issues.

October 25th, 2022House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Northern Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for that very important question. Concerning the first part of the question about the power outage, I will speak to my team at the end of this meeting and make sure we get those details and see what our role is. We have a very good relationship with the Government of Nunavut, and we are very proud to support the Kivalliq community and the Government of Nunavut on the Kivalliq fibre optic line, which we are working on in partnership with all partners.

November 1st, 2022House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls  Mr. Speaker, I want to begin by acknowledging that the Parliament of Canada is located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabe people. I cannot begin to imagine the pain and anguish that the family and friends of the four women who were found are going through today.

December 7th, 2022House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls  Mr. Speaker, it is very difficult to stand in a debate such as the one we are having this evening and say that we have done enough. Our government has not done enough. Our first budget was in 2016, and I can tell members that we have invested hundreds of billions of dollars of new money in education, health care, child and welfare reform, infrastructure, community safety initiatives and safe spaces, but we still have not done enough.

December 7th, 2022House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls  Mr. Speaker, I believe I stated in my previous response that our government has not done enough. We need to do more. We need to continue the partnerships with community groups. We need to continue the partnerships with other levels of government, including the City of Winnipeg.

December 7th, 2022House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for that good question. I would like to abolish racism, not just against the first nations, but also against the Inuit and the M├ętis. I am certainly prepared to sit down with the member to try to find ways to achieve that goal. As for his question on the Indian Act, I am prepared to sit down with the member, but also with the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations to try to find a way that makes sense in order to work first with the first nations on replacing the Indian Act with something better.

December 7th, 2022House debate

Dan VandalLiberal