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Status of Women committee  Thank you, Madam Chair. My first question for the minister is on the issue of the national inquiry and the calls for justice. How many of the calls for justice from the national inquiry have been implemented by your government?

May 20th, 2022Committee meeting

Niki Ashton

Status of Women committee  Okay, that's very much understood, but of course we were looking for a number there. That comes rooted in the concern that nowhere near enough is being done to actually implement these calls for justice. To that, the National Family and Survivors Circle commented on the missed

May 20th, 2022Committee meeting

Niki Ashton

Status of Women committee  Perhaps, Madam Minister, with all due respect, I think we're moving on to a different topic. Let's be clear. These aren't my words. Here I have the press release from the circle, which talks about how they were, in their own words, “left out of Federal Budget 2022”, so I think i

May 20th, 2022Committee meeting

Niki Ashton

Status of Women committee  Exactly. Yes, I appreciate that and I think we're all very clear on the need to respect the language that they're using, and clearly they've expressed concern around, as they say, being “left out” of the federal budget. I'll leave it there and then I'll go to another important t

May 20th, 2022Committee meeting

Niki Ashton

Status of Women committee  Thank you, Madam Chair. My question is to both ministers. Here we are talking about violence against indigenous women and indigenous communities. We know that climate change is currently having a disproportionate and devastating impact on a number of indigenous communities, and

May 20th, 2022Committee meeting

Niki Ashton

Status of Women committee  I appreciate that, and I was going to say that I'm sure Peguis First Nation very much appreciates the point around the forced relocation that they experienced. Minister Ien, go ahead please.

May 20th, 2022Committee meeting

Niki Ashton

Status of Women committee  Let's talk about housing for a moment. As you know, I represent one of the most marginalized parts of the country, and the housing crisis is extreme in many of the first nations I represent, and it is not by accident. It is an absolute result of Liberal and Conservative governmen

May 20th, 2022Committee meeting

Niki Ashton

Status of Women committee  Agreed. However, of course, we also know that Indigenous Services Canada has been clear around the basic gap around housing that exists in communities. Just quickly, Madam Chair, how long do I have?

May 20th, 2022Committee meeting

Niki Ashton

Status of Women committee  I'll finish off by saying that what's critical here is for there to be a sustained commitment on MMIW, particularly the calls for justice. It is not acceptable that in this budget there isn't a clear commitment on this front or on the housing crisis. We need bold action now and w

May 20th, 2022Committee meeting

Niki Ashton

Status of Women committee  Thank you, Madam Chair. My first question would be for Minister Miller. How have your ministry and the Government of Canada gone about implementing the calls for justice in the inquiry and specifically how much money is being invested in terms of addressing violence against wom

May 20th, 2022Committee meeting

Niki Ashton

Status of Women committee  Okay. Speaking of challenges and failures, the AFN commented on budget 2022 that many of the priorities identified in their pre-budget submissions, including implementation of calls for justice, saw no new investments in this budget. Why were these priorities, as expressed by t

May 20th, 2022Committee meeting

Niki Ashton