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Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  There are many things that can be done. The government should first finish modernizing the procurement strategy for indigenous businesses. Among the recommendations to reach 5% is a very simple idea of going from a wish to a standard. The 5% target should be set in every departm

November 17th, 2020Committee meeting

Éric Cardinal

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  The database currently consists of more than 250 businesses, and more continue to be added to it weekly. It is managed by CANDO with the assistance of Aboriginal Business Canada and Public Services and Procurement Canada. This database is unique because it constitutes the larges

November 17th, 2020Committee meeting

Éric Cardinal

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  When we talk about reconciliation with indigenous peoples, we are talking about the healing of wounds related to colonialist policies. We are also talking about the recognition of aboriginal and treaty rights, as well as about repairing the education system, protecting childhood

November 17th, 2020Committee meeting

Éric Cardinal

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  One of the very good things we have learned is that we can trust first nations governments. As I said in my presentation, we have seen extraordinary things. Despite their limited means, councils have taken care of their populations' safety. They have assumed their role of local

November 17th, 2020Committee meeting

Éric Cardinal

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  The taskforce carried out that survey of 900 indigenous businesses in the spring. The survey is available online, including on the website of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. At that point, it was the end of the first wave, and the survey found that COVID-19 had had

November 17th, 2020Committee meeting

Éric Cardinal

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  Thank you, Mr. Chair. As I was saying, the taskforce provides strategic input on two topics. This is initially about identifying, engaging and mobilizing the indigenous supply chain to enable it to participate in and contribute to government calls for tenders for products and se

November 17th, 2020Committee meeting

Éric Cardinal

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  Thank you, Mr. Chair. Good morning to all the members of the committee. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to testify before the committee. I am appearing as an individual, but also as vice president of Acosys Consulting Services, a company that provides services to indige

November 17th, 2020Committee meeting

Éric Cardinal

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  Everywhere, but especially in the regions, First Nations people live either in communities—on reserve, as they say—or outside of them. They receive services from either the provincial or federal government. So there is already some confusion, sometimes, as to who should provide s

June 9th, 2020Committee meeting

Éric Cardinal

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  To the question of recognition we must add the question of concrete resources. It is a pervasive issue: because of the way government works, it is very difficult to recognize First Nations self-government. Not only do we have to look beyond the Indian Act, but we also have to go

June 9th, 2020Committee meeting

Éric Cardinal

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  To answer that question, I will go back to the example of the Oka Park situation. When you look at the media coverage, you can see that the Mohawk council had a lot of trouble getting its message across and explaining that its position was founded on a responsibility to protect

June 9th, 2020Committee meeting

Éric Cardinal

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  Absolutely. Economic recovery is certainly a priority for First Nations, but it raises many concerns. One concern is the fear that Indigenous interests are not being adequately addressed in government economic recovery plans. This can be seen currently in Quebec's Bill 61. Just

June 9th, 2020Committee meeting

Éric Cardinal

June 9th, 2020Committee meeting

Éric Cardinal

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  That is a good question. What we learned from the February railway crisis is how complex it is to reconcile the interests of economic development with the Indigenous rights of First Nations over their unceded traditional lands. We are seeing the same in the current crisis. As yo

June 9th, 2020Committee meeting

Éric Cardinal

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  Thank you, that is very kind of you, Mr. Viersen. My third example concerns a nation located in the Gaspé Peninsula. It is the La Nation Micmac de Gespeg, whose members do not live on a reserve, much like the members of the Long Point Nation. Members live primarily on the uncede

June 9th, 2020Committee meeting

Éric Cardinal

June 9th, 2020Committee meeting

Éric Cardinal