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Points of Order  Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I would like to clarify the record. The Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations in question period talked about $48.8 million being given to Saskatchewan first nations. That number is incorrect. It is in fact—

June 22nd, 2021House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, Canada has been in mourning since 215 children, victims of Canada's genocide, were found at the Kamloops residential school. First nations are pushing to bring their children home, but the Liberals are nowhere. They are recycling old announcements and expecting first

June 22nd, 2021House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Petitions  Madam Speaker, I present two petitions today in the pursuit of justice for Dylan Paradis, Andrew Dockrell and Daniel Waldenberger-Bulmer, rail workers killed on the job in British Columbia in 2019. The tragic circumstances of that night were made even worse by the botched company

June 21st, 2021House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Points of Order  Madam Speaker, I rise on a point of order. There have been consultations among the parties and if you seek it, I hope that you will find consent for the following motion: That in light of the uncovering of unmarked graves at residential schools, the House call on the government t

June 18th, 2021House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, following the 215 children found buried in Kamloops, first nations are calling for action, but the government is MIA. When the Pimicikamak Cree Nation calls for the International Commission on Missing Persons to come in, the government sends them a form letter. When

June 16th, 2021House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Government Policies  Mr. Speaker, this past week, Canada's Prime Minister had quite the performance at the G7. He claimed that Canada was a champion on human rights, a benevolent provider of COVID-19 vaccines. and made commitments on infrastructure and the climate emergency. The world ought to know t

June 14th, 2021House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2021, No. 1  Madam Speaker, the government has told us time and again that its most important relationship is with indigenous peoples. We know that in the last few days the Liberal Party has refused to acknowledge the genocide against indigenous peoples, but if we look at Bill C-30 there are

June 14th, 2021House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, the horrifying revelation of the 215 children found at Kamloops residential school makes clear that Canada has committed genocide against indigenous peoples, but the Prime Minister has failed to recognize this as genocide. He has not acted decisively to bring in inte

June 10th, 2021House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, poverty is a form of violence, and we know that in my part of the country, indigenous children face some of the highest rates of poverty in Canada. In a country as wealthy as Canada, we are talking about third world living conditions. Today, we are saying there must

June 3rd, 2021House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, very clearly, for there to be reconciliation there must be truth, and the truth is that this is genocide. We need Canada to acknowledge this, recognize it and act accordingly. These are crimes against humanity. This is inhumane state-sanctioned and church-sanctioned

June 3rd, 2021House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for his words. The decolonization process is a multi-stage process. We absolutely have to not only think, but also act to put an end to a colonizing law. At the same time, we have to work with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Ind

June 3rd, 2021House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, today I join members from Treaty 5 territory, the territory of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, from my home in Thompson. I would like to share my time with my colleague for North Island—Powell River. Today I rise along with with my NDP colleagues to call for immedi

June 3rd, 2021House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I want to begin by acknowledging that I am asking this question while our country mourns the discovery of the 215 children found in a mass grave at the Kamloops residential school. We honour those lives and recognize the genocide committed by Canada. On a day wher

May 31st, 2021House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I want to thank my colleague for his trail-blazing work and advocacy on this front. We all know well, or ought to know well, that transgender people in Canada face some of the highest rates of violence. I am wondering if my colleague could speak to how this bill w

May 31st, 2021House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Sex-Selective Abortion Act  Madam Speaker, I rise today to speak against Bill C-233, which is nothing more than a backdoor attempt to criminalize abortion and attack our reproductive rights. I want to acknowledge the critical work of so many advocates of Abortion Rights Coalition, who have made clear that B

May 28th, 2021House debate

Niki AshtonNDP