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Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, language is at the core of who we are, but indigenous languages across the country are endangered and are disappearing. This is a direct consequence of governments' past actions that were meant to destroy indigenous languages. It is time to take action. That is why

March 1st, 2019House debate

Gary Anandasangaree

Bills of Exchange Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to start by acknowledging that we are gathered here on the unceded lands of the Algonquin people and to give my thanks, first, to the member for Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River for bringing forward this private member's motion, and second, to the her

February 28th, 2019House debate

Gary Anandasangaree

Indigenous Languages Act  Madam Speaker, through you, I want to thank my friend from Cariboo—Prince George for his passionate speech on this issue. I do not doubt his sincerity with respect to supporting this legislation and the preservation of indigenous languages. I was in his riding last month and hea

February 20th, 2019House debate

Gary Anandasangaree

Indigenous Languages Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my friend for his intervention and his passionate speech. The government has undertaken extensive consultations with respect to the proposed legislation. Over 1,200 individuals and groups were consulted across the country. As well, there was a

February 20th, 2019House debate

Gary Anandasangaree

Indigenous Languages Act  Mr. Speaker, my friend opposite expressed a great deal of concern about the timeline. It seemed almost as though he was giving up on the process already. We still have 13 weeks to go in this Parliament, and I believe that if we all work together, we can get this legislation throu

February 7th, 2019House debate

Gary Anandasangaree

Indigenous Languages Act  Madam Speaker, I would like to thank my friend from Skeena—Bulkley Valley for his very passionate speech today, and of course his long-term commitment to advancing indigenous rights. I want to respond to a couple of his comments. First, he had a number of very important suggest

February 7th, 2019House debate

Gary Anandasangaree

Indigenous Languages Act  Madam Speaker, the bill itself does not allocate funding at this point. However, it is the framework that would ensure that indigenous communities across Canada, based on their need and on their ability to determine what are the priorities for them and what mode and method of tea

February 7th, 2019House debate

Gary Anandasangaree

Indigenous Languages Act  Madam Speaker, I note that there are 13 weeks, as the member opposite said, that the House will sit. If this logic were to be followed through, we might as well rise today and wait until the election in October. The fact is that, as parliamentarians, we have an obligation. We ac

February 7th, 2019House debate

Gary Anandasangaree

Indigenous Languages Act  Madam Speaker, we are in new territory. In fact, codevelopment has taken place over the last couple of years with the three national indigenous organizations. Codevelopment does not mean co-drafting. A lot of work went into, for example, developing the 12 principles that were dev

February 7th, 2019House debate

Gary Anandasangaree

Indigenous Languages Act  Madam Speaker, I will be splitting my time with my friend from Surrey Centre. I am deeply honoured to speak this afternoon in support of Bill C-91, the indigenous languages act. I want to start by acknowledging that we are gathered here on the traditional unceded lands of the Al

February 7th, 2019House debate

Gary Anandasangaree

Indigenous Languages Act  Madam Speaker, I am a little perplexed by the member's comments at the end of his speech. He indicated that movement has not been substantive with respect to indigenous issues. I note that in the past three years, $16.8 billion has been invested in different programs and initiati

February 7th, 2019House debate

Gary Anandasangaree

Indigenous Languages Act  Madam Speaker, the member indicated that this bill is being introduced close to the end of the mandate. However, I would note that the previous Harper government had 10 years to protect indigenous languages in this country. In fact, it cut indigenous language services in every si

February 7th, 2019House debate

Gary Anandasangaree

Indigenous Languages Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my good friend for his speech. I know how special it is for him to be able to speak in Cree and also how important this legislation is for him personally. I have noted the concerns he has outlined. However, I have to counter with respect to the

February 7th, 2019House debate

Gary Anandasangaree

Indigenous Languages Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to clarify the purpose of the act. It is very clear under paragraph 5(g), which says that one of the objectives of the act is to “advance the achievement of the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as it relates to I

February 7th, 2019House debate

Gary Anandasangaree

Opioid Crisis in Canada  Mr. Chair, we are doing both. I do not think it is necessary to quantify which one supersedes the other. As a government, we believe in a multipronged, multi-pillared approach that essentially captures the different options that are available. I think we are on the right track to

December 10th, 2018House debate

Gary Anandasangaree