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Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  I don't know if you remember, but we had a great hockey player come from Fishing Lake Métis Settlement, Sheldon Souray. We're part of the sports teams that are out there, but in our communities, we find there isn't enough designated money and set-aside money to ensure that each of the different organizations can get access to the funds that are needed.

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Herbert Lehr

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  It was when there was the sale of oil and gas. Now when there is no oil and gas and the land is what's called glacial till, where you can't farm or do anything but oil and gas activity, when there is nothing, then the absolute worst has happened. It's the perfect storm where all of a sudden all your companies are faced with bankruptcy and insolvency, and all your eggs are in that basket in your community to get paid for everything that goes on in that community.

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Herbert Lehr

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  Yes, just that we were looking for the support of the committee with our $150-million ask. That's what we're looking for. Thank you.

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Herbert Lehr

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  I could very easily. This impacts us in a multitude of ways. Because we can become partners in some of the exploration of oil and gas activity within the communities, we've done that, so we actually have money invested in the game. When we have to increase our industrial tax, then we have to, in essence, pay more money as well for all that type of stuff.

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Herbert Lehr

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  Thank you very much, Heather. The Metis Settlements are under provincial legislation, so we're an ameliorative program. We need to move into our section 35 rights, and that's what we've been working on with Canada so we can move forward in getting that type of funding. Canada has worked diligently for Métis people through the Métis National Council and has provided funding to organizations like that, but those organizations don't have the infrastructure, the actual physical community, that we have, such as roads, water treatment plants, lagoons, all these types of things, so we don't have anyone who has advocated for us and moved that issue forward.

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Herbert Lehr

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  We've put forward a business case, Heather. No one has given us any guarantee that it will be successful. It hasn't gone forward really because of COVID. There's no federal budget there, so nobody can negotiate with us, and our communities are headed into insolvency if we don't get something before the end of this fiscal year.

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Herbert Lehr

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  Again, we look for more capitalization for SIC to get our women into different kinds of businesses and further education. Our constituents, all of the people within our communities, are sorely lacking educational opportunities. If we look at the statistics available to us, you'll see it's very clear we're underfunded when it comes to education.

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Herbert Lehr

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  [Witness spoke in Cree] [English] I call on my father God to guide me. Thank you, Honourable Chair Bratina and members of the standing committee. I'm honoured to testify today on behalf of the Metis Settlements and the MSGC regarding our response to COVID-19 and its impacts on our communities and businesses.

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Herbert Lehr