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Health committee  I think the federal government is getting there, but there's more work to be done.

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

Chief Isadore Day

Health committee  With respect to the issue of autonomy, I think that for the federal government having Minister Jane Philpott moving over to INAC now is a good move. She and I have worked considerably well together in the last couple of years, and that's why we've seen some off budget cycle inves

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

Chief Isadore Day

Health committee  The dry community piece is there. In many cases, it's there for good reason. If you don't have the proper health care system, proper social programs, or infrastructure, to add alcohol into a community is like adding fuel to a fire. In many cases, as you know, not because of any o

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

Chief Isadore Day

Health committee  That's a jurisdictional grey area. This is why we need to look at the first nations health transformation piece very closely, and it's why we need a bilateral table. This committee should strongly recommend that any preparatory work or capacity front-end loading in terms of getti

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

Chief Isadore Day

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

Chief Isadore Day

Health committee  I will give you one suggestion. Put it right in front of the law and policy review that is currently before the AFN and the Prime Minister's Office. I think it's one that is going to affect our communities. It should be on the roster of laws and policies that should be reviewed.

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

Chief Isadore Day

Health committee  You can just assume that some of these summary convictions and ongoing addiction problems of our young people, and being charged for breaches and for carrying marijuana, have created many issues in our communities. Because policing programs are not adequately funded, the training

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

Chief Isadore Day

Health committee  I think this year it's just timelines; we're mere weeks away from this legislation. The federal government has started off on a bad foot already. Our communities simply are not ready. There is a lot of education that has to happen at the community level and also in terms of the

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

Chief Isadore Day

Health committee  No, they haven't, and again, it's going to be really critical. I would ask the committee to visualize where we're at as the Assembly of First Nations. We have been given many assurances by the Prime Minister and other line ministries on a number of fronts. Currently, there's th

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

Chief Isadore Day

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

Chief Isadore Day

Health committee  Right now, there are two reasons why people use cannabis. One is for recreation purposes, and the other is to medicate, so health and social. The numbers are glaring. There is obviously more use within first nations communities. Why is that? It is because of the social and legacy

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

Chief Isadore Day

Health committee  That's correct.

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

Chief Isadore Day

Health committee  I know the concern is the acceleration of the legislation. The word we're getting back is that, in the event a province or territory is not ready, there will be federal online dispensaries made available, and those will be regulated in their own right. This is going to become a

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

Chief Isadore Day

Health committee  To our knowledge, no, not to any great extent. There have been minimal notifications, but there clearly has not been a meaningful engagement. Let me qualify that. One way that the federal government tried to come in and speak on this issue was from the health perspective. As the

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

Chief Isadore Day

Health committee  I'm not going to speak to the tobacco issue in that context, because that's not what I referred to in the context of tax. What I referred to was the instrument called CITCA, which is the agreement between Canada and Ontario on the harmonized sales tax and the point of sale tax ex

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

Chief Isadore Day