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Questions on the Order Paper  Mr. Speaker, insofar as Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada is concerned, the response is as follows. Canada’s northern, remote and isolated communities face unique housing needs because of the challenges presented by geography, climate change, infrastructure

January 30th, 2023House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Questions on the Order Paper  Mr. Speaker, insofar as Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada is concerned, the response is as follows. Canada’s northern, remote and isolated communities face unique housing needs because of the challenges presented by geography, climate change, infrastructure

January 30th, 2023House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Housing  Mr. Speaker, our government and I have made it very clear that we are here to build more non-profit affordable housing. I have stated on the record that I feel Lions Club should provide non-profit affordable housing for generations in downtown Winnipeg. I have written to the chai

January 30th, 2023House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Firearms  Mr. Speaker, we will always respect hunters, sport shooters, and indigenous peoples and their traditions. Our government has been extremely clear. We are not targeting hunting rifles. We are not targeting shotguns. This is about guns that were used at Polytechnique and the mosq

December 13th, 2022House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls  Mr. Speaker, first of all, the systemic violence and racism that we are seeing manifest itself today in the murders of four women has its roots in the colonial values that Canada had at its beginning. Our first Indian Act policy was the civilization of first nations, then the Chr

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 Métis. I am certainly prepared to sit down with the member to try to find ways to achieve that goal. As for his questio

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 ne

December 7th, 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 go

December 7th, 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 wi

November 1st, 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 He

October 25th, 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 o

October 20th, 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-le

October 18th, 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, wi

October 4th, 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 direc

September 27th, 2022House debate

Dan VandalLiberal