• DO YOU RECOGNIZE AND UPHOLD INDIGENOUS SOVEREIGNTY?

STATED POSITIONS OF CURRENT CANADIAN MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT ON INDIGENOUS SOVEREIGNTY

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Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet

Response received: Aug 22, 2016 – 8.42 a.m. (PT)

Hello Mr. Board,

Ms. Boutin-Sweet (MP for Hochelaga) is pleased to send you her formal response.

I think you’ll appreciate the fact that Ms. Boutin-Sweet supports your approach and recognizes and upholds Indigenous Sovereignty.

Here’s, enclosed and above, her response :

Dear Settlers info project members,

 I apologize for taking a while to answer but your question warrants a well thought out response. And I wanted to answer it in both French and English.

 First a few words in French, my native tongue.

 Reconnaître et faire respecter la souveraineté des peoples autochtones est un principe qui aurait dû être appliqué il y a longtemps. Ma réponse est donc «oui». Mes collègues du NPD et moi y croyons fermement et défendons au quotidien et avec acharnement les droits des peuples autochtones.

 Les dirigeants Inuits et Cris que j’ai rencontrés au Nunavik ont besoin d’être écoutés par le gouvernement fédéral et sont prêts à travailler ensemble à des solutions concrètes aux problèmes qui empêchent les populations nordiques de réaliser la souveraineté économique, sociale et culturelle.

 Il est plus que temps d’en arriver à une relation respectueuse, de nation à nation, pour atteindre ces objectifs trop longtemps ignorés par les gouvernements canadiens successifs.

 And now in English.

 Do I recognize and uphold Indigenous Sovereignty? Of course.  In fact I find it sad the question must still be asked 482 years after Europeans and native populations first made contact in this part of the world. 

 I travelled to Nunavik with my colleague Roméo Saganash, met with Inuk and Cree leaders, and listened to what they had to say. Some spoke of innovative solutions to the lack and cost of housing in the North, to the lack of jobs, to the cost of food. They have ideas, but in order to implement those ideas, someone in the federal government has to be listening. The indigenous point of view has to be present for the solutions to be culturally adapted. And culturally adapted they must be, otherwise what’s the point?

 That is why a nation-to-nation relationship is essential. Cultural, social, economic sovereignty cannot be achieved by indigenous populations without the full collaboration of the Canadian government and mutual respect.  My NDP colleagues and I have long advocated that approach. We have also maintained the pressure on the federal government in several ways: by forcing a debate in the House of Commons on the subject of murdered and missing aboriginal women; with Romeo Saganash’s proposed bill to harmonize Canadian laws with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; by relentlessly reminding all parliamentarians that Shannen Koostachin’s dream of safe, comfortable and culturally adapted schools for First Nation children must become reality.

 The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action traced the path towards achieving indigenous sovereignty. Let’s continue working together in that direction.

 Thank you, merci, migwetch

JULIEN FOURNIER-DORION

Adjoint de circonscription | Constituency Assistant
Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet, députée (Hochelaga) | Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet, MP

Whip en chef de l’opposition | Chief Opposition Whip

Porte-parole en matière de logement | Housing critic

Nouveau Parti démocratique | New Democratic Party

(TEL) 514 283-2915

MarjolaineBoutinSweet.NPD.ca

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Darrell Samson

Response received: Aug 22, 2016 – 6.28 a.m. (PT)

Dear Jeremy,

Yes I believe in the concept of Indigenous Sovereignty. I am currently working with the Indigenous people in my own riding and community. I have established a good working relationship with the First Nations Regional Chief for Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, Morley Googoo and also helped organize the First Nations Summit in Ottawa on June 20th along with my colleague Andy Fillmore. This Summit saw the 11 Nova Scotian MP`s meeting with the 13 First Nations Chiefs to begin a dialogue on forging nation-to-nation relationships and collaborating on continued reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and communities.  This Summit is a first step towards creating real change for First Nations communities in Canada.

Kind Regards,

Darrell Samson

Jenny Kwan

Response received: Aug 19, 2016 – 8.20 a.m. (PT)

Dear Jeremy,

Thank you for taking the time to write to my office and for your initiative on this project. I want to be clear on this important matter, yes I do recognize and uphold Indigenous Sovereignty on the traditional lands of Indigenous Peoples of our vast country.

My party and I have historically shown its commitment to honouring Indigenous Sovereignty and the agreements and obligations Canadian society has to Indigenous nations. Article 3 and 4 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples affirm the right of Indigenous Peoples to exercise self-determination through economic, social and cultural development and in matters related to programs and policy in their communities. The NDP respects these inherent rights and has consistently worked with Indigenous Peoples in regards to issues like Jordan’s Principle, Shannen’s Dream, language revitalization, education, national inquiry into MMIWG2S, and child welfare.

In 2009, the NDP pushed for a study of Harmonized Sales Tax especially regarding Ontario First Nations which resulted in Indigenous people keeping their tax exemption based on treaty obligation. In 2015, the NDP committed to implementing the TRC Calls to Action in collaboration with Indigenous Peoples according to their priorities. In particular Action 45, in regards to repudiation of the concepts of Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius, renewed treaty relationships based on mutual recognition and recognition and integration of Indigenous laws and traditions.

In the current Parliament, we continue to work to uphold our commitment and respect towards Indigenous Sovereignty. The NDP has long believed that the Government of Canada has a duty to engage in true nation-to-nation relations with Indigenous peoples across Canada. The Assembly of First Nations, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, and individual First Nations have called on the federal government to suspend approval for the Site C Dam on the Peace River. We have called on the government to suspend approval of any further permits for Site C, and to finally meet with First Nations to hear their concerns before this project goes any further.

My colleague, NDP MP Romeo Saganash, has introduced his private members Bill C-262, to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, responding to the TRC Calls to Action 43 and 44. The bill calls for a National Action Plan made in collaboration and cooperation with Indigenous Peoples in regards to concrete measures to achieve the goals of the Declaration. Bill C-262 also contains accountability provisions that will require the federal government report on progress made towards implementing the Declaration. Bill C-262 will also confirm the application of the UN Declaration into Canadian law.

My riding of Vancouver East has an important urban Indigenous population that I hope to represent to my best abilities. Since its inception 26 years ago in my community, the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Coalition (MMIWG) has received my support first municipally, then provincially and now federally. We have high hopes and dreams for the National Inquiry to come forward to address these historical issues. This is why I stood in the House of Commons to bring forward the nine points the MMIWG wanted to see added to the National Inquiry.

Let me assure you that I will continue to work for the urban Indigenous communities in my riding and across Canada, particularly to support and uphold Indigenous Sovereignty.

Sincerely,

Jenny Kwan

Member of Parliament for Vancouver East / Députée de Vancouver-Est
NDP Critic for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship / Porte-parole du NPD en matière d’immigration, de réfugiés et de citoyenneté

Daniel Blaikie

Response received: Aug 19, 2016 – 7.33 a.m. (PT)

Dear Mr. Board,

Thank you for the opportunity to share my views on Indigenous sovereignty in the Canadian context.

Over the course of the last 149 years, Canada has inflicted terrible hurt on the Indigenous peoples of this land. Forced relocations of entire communities, destruction of traditional lands, and the rending of families through the residential school system and the Sixties Scoop are some of the ways that we have failed to treat Indigenous peoples with the dignity and respect they are owed.

I believe, along with many others, that recognizing and upholding Indigenous sovereignty is essential to healing not only Indigenous communities, but the larger Canadian community we all share. I strive to make that a part of my politics, while recognizing that I have more to learn about how best to do that.

Like any relationship where hurt has been inflicted and trust lost, the way forward is not always clear. But I am proud to belong to a party, the NDP, that has been at the forefront, in Parliament and across the country, in the battle for Indigenous rights.

The NDP fought for the recognition of Indigenous rights in the constitution at the time of patriation, supported the Nisga Treaty and called for a Nation to Nation relationship with Indigenous Nations in Canada.

In the current Parliament, my NDP colleague Charlie Angus has been pushing the government to live up to its commitments with respect to health and education for Indigenous people. NDP MP Romeo Saganash has presented a private members bill seeking to give the force of law to Canada’s recent support for the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

I am proud to work with Charlie, Romeo and the rest of the NDP caucus, toward turning all the important words about reconciliation in Canadian politics today into concrete actions that make way for Indigenous people to determine their own future.

Sincerely,

Daniel Blaikie, M.P.
Elmwood-Transcona

Irene Mathyssen

Response received: Aug 18, 2016 – 11.44 a.m. (PT)

Dear Mr. Board,

Thank you for your email. Let me assure you that I, along with New Democrats everywhere, recognize and uphold Indigenous Sovereignty.

I support Canada’s adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and believe we should take immediate action in areas such as education, child welfare and health services, so that we can remedy the injustices of the past.

New Democrats thank and honour the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and everyone who gave individual witness to the effects of the very dark period in Canadian history that came about with the residential school system, and urge the current government to work tirelessly to implement the recommendations of the TRC.

We believe that the only way to achieve real reconciliation is with a recognition of Indigenous Sovereignty and the recreation of a nation-to-nation relationship between Canada’s Indigenous Peoples and the federal government.

We are committed to working with all parties, all groups and all governments who share these objectives.

Sincerely,

Irene Mathyssen

Irene Mathyssen

Member of Parliament for London-Fanshawe | Députée pour London-Fanshawe

Veterans Critic / Porte-parole des Anciens combattants

NDP Deputy Whip / NPD whip adjoint

New Democratic Party | Nouveau Parti démocratique

(TEL) 519-685-4745

www.irenemathyssen.ca

Arif Virani

Response received: Aug 16, 2016 – 9.10 a.m. (PT)

Dear Jeremy,

Thank you for taking the time to write to me about the relationship between the Government of Canada and Indigenous peoples.

The Prime Minister has been clear that no relationship is more important for our government and for Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples.  This is reflected in the fact that every Minister`s Mandate Letter made clear that restoring a nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous peoples is a priority for our government.  We are committed to renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples, a relationship based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.  This renewed relationship will inevitably involve a discussion of all Indigenous rights, including the right to sovereignty.

Working in genuine partnership, we are committed to making progress on the priority areas for Indigenous communities.  Budget 2016 makes historic investments with $8.4 billion over five years beginning in 2016–17, so together, we can improve the socio-economic conditions of Indigenous peoples and their communities and bring about transformational change.  Our Government believes the work of reconciliation is one of the most vital challenges facing all Canadians today.

Thank you again for writing to me about this very important issue.

Yours sincerely,

Arif Virani, MP
Parkdale-High Park

Carol Hughes

Response received: Aug 15, 2016 – 7.35 a.m. (PT)

Dear Jeremy,

Thank you for your email. I apologize for my delayed response.

My NDP colleagues and I belong to a party that adheres to Canadian and International Law. Based on many historical and contemporary legal decisions, the NDP recognizes Indigenous Sovereignty on traditional territories in this continent.

We have shown our commitment to honouring Indigenous sovereignty and the agreements and obligations Canadian society has to Indigenous nations. For example, we have worked side by side with Indigenous Peoples in regards to issues like Jordan’s Principle, Shannen’s Dream, language revitalization, education, national inquiry into MMIWG2s, and child welfare. In 2009, the NDP pushed for a study of Harmonized Sales Tax especially regarding Ontario First Nations which resulted in Indigenous people keeping their tax exemption based on treaty obligations. In 2015, the NDP committed to implementing the TRC Calls to Action in collaboration with Indigenous Peoples according to their priorities. In particular Action 45, in regards to repudiation of the concepts of Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius, renewed treaty relationships based on mutual recognition and recognition and integration of Indigenous laws and traditions.

Moving forward, my NDP colleagues and I are committed to continuing to respect and uphold Indigenous Sovereignty.

Thank you again for your email.

Sincerely,

Carol Hughes, MP

Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing

Pierre-Luc Dusseault

Response received: Aug 11, 2016 – 11.45 a.m. (PT)

Dear Mr. Board,

Thank you for contacting my office regarding the issue of Indigenous Sovereignty.

The NDP is a party that adheres to Canadian Law and to International Law.

The Royal Proclamation recognized the legal sovereignty of Indigenous Nations in British law in 1763. Canada as a nation was founded on this principle; since that date, the Supreme Court of Canada has agreed with the recognition of inherent rights of Indigenous Peoples on this land.

In Canadian law sovereignty and self-determination have been defined many times. In the Haida Nationdecision of 2004, the Court determined that the government must “reconcile pre-existing Aboriginal sovereignty with assumed Crown sovereignty”. This duty is grounded in the honour of the Crown, and applies even where title has not been proven.

Recently, Senator Murray Sinclair, former Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, has affirmed that “Tsilqhot’in is the law of the land”.  This Supreme Court decision clarified that rights conferred by Aboriginal title include the right to decide how the land will be used, to enjoy, occupy and possess the land, and that governments must obtain approval from the title-holder.

Based on these and many other legal decisions, the NDP recognizes Indigenous Sovereignty on traditional territories in this continent.

The NDP has shown its commitment to honouring Indigenous sovereignty and the agreements and obligations Canadian society has to Indigenous nations.

Article 3 and 4 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples affirm the right of Indigenous Peoples to exercise their right to self-determination through economic, social and cultural development and in matters related to programs and policy in their communities. The NDP respects these inherent rights and has consistently worked with Indigenous Peoples in regards to issues like Jordan’s Principle, Shannen’s Dream, language revitalization, education, national inquiry into MMIWG2S, and child welfare.

In 2009, the NDP pushed for a study of Harmonized Sales Tax especially regarding Ontario First Nations which resulted in Indigenous people keeping their tax exemption based on treaty obligations.

In 2015, the NDP committed to implementing the TRC Calls to Action in collaboration with Indigenous Peoples according to their priorities. In particular Action 45, in regards to repudiation of the concepts of Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius, renewed treaty relationships based on mutual recognition and recognition and integration of Indigenous laws and traditions.

The NDP continues this commitment and respect in the 42nd Parliament. For example,

The NDP has long believed that the Government of Canada has a duty to engage in true nation-to-nation relations with Indigenous peoples across Canada. The Assembly of First Nations, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, and individual First Nations have called on the federal government to suspend approval for the Site C Dam on the Peace River. We have called on the government to suspend approval of any further permits for Site C, and to finally meet with First Nations to hear their concerns before this project goes any further.

MP Romeo Saganash has introduced his private members bill C-262, to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, responding to the TRC Calls to Action 43 and 44. The bill calls for a National Action Plan made in collaboration and cooperation with Indigenous Peoples in regards to concrete measures to achieve the goals of the Declaration. Bill C-262 also contains accountability provisions that will require the federal government report on progress made towards implementing the Declaration. Bill C-262 will also confirm the application of the UN Declaration into Canadian law.

Once again, I would like to thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding this important issue.

Regards,

Pierre-Luc Dusseault

Député de Sherbrooke | Member of Parliament for Sherbrooke

Nouveau parti démocratique | New democratic party

Tél.: (819) 564-4200/ Fax: (819) 564-3745

http://www.pldusseault.ca

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Majid Jowhari

Response received: Aug 11, 2016 – 9.32 a.m. (PT)

Majid’s response was sent as a letter in PDF format which can be viewed by clicking the link below.

Response from Majid Jowhari, MP. 

Don Rusnak

Response received: Aug 10, 2016 – 9.11 a.m. (PT)

Dear Mr. Board,

Thank you for taking the time to write to me about the relationship between the Government of Canada and Indigenous peoples.

As has been said many times before, no relationship is more important to our government and for our country than the one with Indigenous peoples. Our government is 100 per cent committed to renewing and repairing its relationship with Indigenous peoples, a relationship based on respect and the recognition of Indigenous rights and sovereignty.

Working in genuine partnership, we are committed to making progress on the priority areas for Indigenous communities. Budget 2016 makes historic investments, with $8.4 billion over five years beginning in 2016–17, so together we can improve the socio-economic conditions of Indigenous peoples and communities and bring about long-awaited change. Every small step towards reconciliation is important.

Our Government believes the work of reconciliation is one of the most vital challenges facing all Canadians today.

Thank you again for writing.

Yours sincerely,

Don Rusnak
Member of Parliament
Thunder Bay—Rainy River

The Honourable Hunter Tootoo

Response received: Aug 08, 2016 – 12.58 p.m. (PT)

Thank you for your e-mail

Mr. Tootoo is indigenous. He is an Inuk

Hélène Laverdière

Response received: Aug 05, 2016 – 11.23 a.m. (PT)

Montreal, August 5, 2016

Jeremy Board

Settlers info project

www.settlersinfo.org

Dear Mr. Board:

Thank you for your email about the recognition of Indigenous sovereignty.

As you may know, the NDP adheres to Canadian and international law. The Royal Proclamation recognized the legal sovereignty of Indigenous Nations in British law in 1763. Canada as a nation was founded on this principle; since that date, the Supreme Court of Canada has agreed with the recognition of the inherent rights of Indigenous Peoples on this land. Furthermore, in Canadian law, sovereignty and self-determination have been defined many times. In the Haida Nation decision of 2004, the Court determined that the government must “reconcile pre‑existing Aboriginal sovereignty with assumed Crown sovereignty.” This duty is grounded in the honour of the Crown and applies even where title has not been proven. More recently, Senator Murray Sinclair, former Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, affirmed that “Tsilhqot’in is the law of the land.”  This Supreme Court decision clarified that the rights conferred by Aboriginal title include the right to decide how the land will be used and the right to enjoy, occupy and possess the land, and it stipulated that governments must obtain approval from the title holder.

On the basis of these and many other legal decisions, the NDP recognizes Indigenous sovereignty over the traditional territories of this continent.

The NDP has shown its commitment to honouring Indigenous sovereignty and the agreements and obligations of Canadian society by respecting the inherent rights covered by Articles 3 and 4 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It has consistently worked with Indigenous Peoples on issues such as Jordan’s Principle, Shannen’s Dream, language revitalization, education, the national inquiry into MMIWG2S, and child welfare. In 2009, the NDP pushed for a study of the Harmonized Sales Tax, specifically regarding Ontario First Nations, which resulted in Indigenous Peoples keeping their tax exemption based on treaty obligations. And, in 2015, the NDP committed to implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action in collaboration with Indigenous Peoples, according to their priorities. Of particular significance is Action 45, which focuses on the repudiation of the concepts of Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius, renewed treaty relationships based on mutual recognition, and the recognition and integration of Indigenous laws and traditions.

The NDP continues this commitment and respect in the 42nd Parliament by asking the Government of Canada to engage in true nation-to-nation relations with Indigenous Peoples across Canada. We have called on the government to suspend the approval of any further permits for Site C and to finally meet with First Nations to hear their concerns before this project goes any further.

My colleague, MP Romeo Saganash, introduced his private member’s bill, C-262, to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action 43 and 44. The bill calls for a National Action Plan created in collaboration and cooperation with Indigenous Peoples that sets out concrete measures to achieve the goals of the Declaration.

I can assure you that I will be supporting Bill C-262 when it is put to a vote in the House of Commons.

Yours sincerely,

Hélène Laverdière

MP for Laurier—Sainte-Marie

Gord Johns

Response received: Aug 05, 2016 – 10.48 a.m. (PT)

Hello Jeremy,

I am proud to recognize and support the sovereignty of thirteen Nuu chah nulth and Coast Salish nations which have thrived since time immemorial on the lands and waters of their chiefly territories within the riding of Courtenay-Alberni on Vancouver Island.

The NDP is a party that adheres to Canadian Law and to International Law.

The Royal Proclamation recognized the legal sovereignty of Indigenous Nations in British law in 1763. Canada as a nation was founded on this principle; since that date, the Supreme Court of Canada has agreed with the recognition of inherent rights of Indigenous Peoples on this land.

In Canadian law sovereignty and self-determination have been defined many times. In the Haida Nation decision of 2004, the Court determined that the government must “reconcile pre-existing Aboriginal sovereignty with assumed Crown sovereignty”. This duty is grounded in the honour of the Crown, and applies even where title has not been proven.

Recently, Senator Murray Sinclair, former Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, has affirmed that “Tsilqhot’in is the law of the land”.  This Supreme Court decision clarified that rights conferred by Aboriginal title include the right to decide how the land will be used, to enjoy, occupy and possess the land, and that governments must obtain approval from the title-holder.

Based on these and many other legal decisions, the NDP recognizes Indigenous Sovereignty on traditional territories in this continent.

The NDP has shown its commitment to honouring Indigenous sovereignty and the agreements and obligations Canadian society has to Indigenous nations.

Article 3 and 4 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples affirm the right of Indigenous Peoples to exercise their right to self-determination through economic, social and cultural development and in matters related to programs and policy in their communities. The NDP respects these inherent rights and has consistently worked with Indigenous Peoples in regards to issues like Jordan’s Principle, Shannen’s Dream, language revitalization, education, national inquiry into MMIWG2S, and child welfare.

In 2009, the NDP pushed for a study of Harmonized Sales Tax especially regarding Ontario First Nations which resulted in Indigenous people keeping their tax exemption based on treaty obligations.

In 2015, the NDP committed to implementing the TRC Calls to Action in collaboration with Indigenous Peoples according to their priorities. In particular Action 45, in regards to repudiation of the concepts of Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius, renewed treaty relationships based on mutual recognition and recognition and integration of Indigenous laws and traditions.

The NDP continues this commitment and respect in the 42nd Parliament. For example,

The NDP has long believed that the Government of Canada has a duty to engage in true nation-to-nation relations with Indigenous peoples across Canada. The Assembly of First Nations, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, and individual First Nations have called on the federal government to suspend approval for the Site C Dam on the Peace River. We have called on the government to suspend approval of any further permits for Site C, and to finally meet with First Nations to hear their concerns before this project goes any further.

MP Romeo Saganash has introduced his private members bill C-262, to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, responding to the TRC Calls to Action 43 and 44. The bill calls for a National Action Plan made in collaboration and cooperation with Indigenous Peoples in regards to concrete measures to achieve the goals of the Declaration. Bill C-262 also contains accountability provisions that will require the federal government report on progress made towards implementing the Declaration. Bill C-262 will also confirm the application of the UN Declaration into Canadian law.

Sincerely,

Gord Johns, MP (Courtenay-Alberni)

Randall Garrison

Response received: Aug 05, 2016 – 9.57 a.m. (PT)

July 19, 2016

Jeremy Board

Settlers Info Project

Jeremy@settlersinfo.org

Dear Jeremy Board:

Thank you for writing to me about Indigenous Sovereignty. I appreciate you bringing up this important topic. In answer to your question, I do recognize and uphold indigenous sovereignty to the best of my ability, as I continuously work to be a better ally.

I have always supported aboriginal title and rights and worked to help build a new nation-to-nation relationship with First Nations.

I have been proud of the efforts of NDP MP Romeo Saganash to secure formal endorsement of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

I hope that this answers your question. Thank you for writing to me.

Sincerely,

Randall Garrison, MP

Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke

Élise Côté

Constituency Assistant | Adjointe de Circonscription

Randall Garrison, Member of Parliament  |  Député
Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke

(TEL/TÉL) 250-405-6550 | (FAX/TÉLÉCO) 250-405-6554

randall.garrison.c1c@parl.gc.ca

Brigitte Sansoucy

Response received: Aug 04, 2016 – 7.12 a.m. (PT)

Dear Mr. Board,

Thank you for reaching out to me regarding the opportunity to speak about Indigenous sovereignty.

The NDP is a party that adheres to Canadian Law and to International Law.

The Royal Proclamation recognized the legal sovereignty of Indigenous Nations in British law in 1763. Canada as a nation was founded on this principle; since that date, the Supreme Court of Canada has agreed with the recognition of inherent rights of Indigenous Peoples on this land.

In Canadian law sovereignty and self-determination have been defined many times. In the Haida Nation decision of 2004, the Court determined that the government must “reconcile pre-existing Aboriginal sovereignty with assumed Crown sovereignty”. This duty is grounded in the honour of the Crown, and applies even where title has not been proven.

Recently, Senator Murray Sinclair, former Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, has affirmed that “Tsilqhot’in is the law of the land”.  This Supreme Court decision clarified that rights conferred by Aboriginal title include the right to decide how the land will be used, to enjoy, occupy and possess the land, and that governments must obtain approval from the title-holder.

Based on these and many other legal decisions, the NDP recognizes Indigenous Sovereignty on traditional territories in this continent.

The NDP has shown its commitment to honouring Indigenous sovereignty and the agreements and obligations Canadian society has to Indigenous nations.

Article 3 and 4 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples affirm the right of Indigenous Peoples to exercise their right to self-determination through economic, social and cultural development and in matters related to programs and policy in their communities. The NDP respects these inherent rights and has consistently worked with Indigenous Peoples in regards to issues like Jordan’s Principle, Shannen’s Dream, language revitalization, education, national inquiry into MMIWG2S, and child welfare.

In 2009, the NDP pushed for a study of Harmonized Sales Tax especially regarding Ontario First Nations which resulted in Indigenous people keeping their tax exemption based on treaty obligations.

In 2015, the NDP committed to implementing the TRC Calls to Action in collaboration with Indigenous Peoples according to their priorities. In particular Action 45, in regards to repudiation of the concepts of Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius, renewed treaty relationships based on mutual recognition and recognition and integration of Indigenous laws and traditions.

The NDP continues this commitment and respect in the 42nd Parliament. For example, the NDP has long believed that the Government of Canada has a duty to engage in true nation-to-nation relations with Indigenous peoples across Canada. The Assembly of First Nations, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, and individual First Nations have called on the federal government to suspend approval for the Site C Dam on the Peace River. We have called on the government to suspend approval of any further permits for Site C, and to finally meet with First Nations to hear their concerns before this project goes any further.

MP Romeo Saganash has introduced his private members bill C-262, to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, responding to the TRC Calls to Action 43 and 44. The bill calls for a National Action Plan made in collaboration and cooperation with Indigenous Peoples in regards to concrete measures to achieve the goals of the Declaration. Bill C-262 also contains accountability provisions that will require the federal government report on progress made towards implementing the Declaration. Bill C-262 will also confirm the application of the UN Declaration into Canadian law.

Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me on this important matter and please do not hesitate to contact me should you wish to further discuss.

Sincerely,

 Brigitte Sansoucy

Députée de Saint-Hyacinthe-Bagot // MP for Saint-Hyacinthe –Bagot

Porte-parole en matière de Famille, enfants et développement social // Critic for Families Children and Social Development

Porte-parole adjointe en matière de santé // Deputy Critic for Health

Saint-Hyacinthe – Bagot : 1-800-463-0505 //   Ottawa : 613-996-4585

The Honourable Thomas J. Mulcair

Response received: Aug 03, 2016 – 12.25 p.m. (PT)

Jeremy Board, Settlers info project
Via email

August 3, 2016

Dear Mr. Board,

Thank you for your recent email regarding Indigenous Sovereignty.  I welcome this opportunity to share with you the NDP position on this matter.

The NDP is a party that adheres to Canadian Law and to International Law.

The Royal Proclamation recognized the legal sovereignty of Indigenous Nations in British law in 1763. Canada as a nation was founded on this principle; since that date, the Supreme Court of Canada has agreed with the recognition of inherent rights of Indigenous Peoples on this land.

In Canadian law sovereignty and self-determination have been defined many times. In the Haida Nation decision of 2004, the Court determined that the government must “reconcile pre-existing Aboriginal sovereignty with assumed Crown sovereignty”. This duty is grounded in the honour of the Crown, and applies even where title has not been proven.

Recently, Senator Murray Sinclair, former Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, has affirmed that “Tsilqhot’in is the law of the land”.  This Supreme Court decision clarified that rights conferred by Aboriginal title include the right to decide how the land will be used, to enjoy, occupy and possess the land, and that governments must obtain approval from the title-holder.

Based on these and many other legal decisions, the NDP recognizes Indigenous Sovereignty on traditional territories in this continent.

The NDP has shown its commitment to honouring Indigenous sovereignty and the agreements and obligations Canadian society has to Indigenous nations.

Article 3 and 4 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples affirm the right of Indigenous Peoples to exercise their right to self-determination through economic, social and cultural development and in matters related to programs and policy in their communities. The NDP respects these inherent rights and has consistently worked with Indigenous Peoples in regards to issues like Jordan’s Principle, Shannen’s Dream, language revitalization, education, national inquiry into MMIWG2S, and child welfare.

In 2009, the NDP pushed for a study of Harmonized Sales Tax especially regarding Ontario First Nations which resulted in Indigenous people keeping their tax exemption based on treaty obligations.

In 2015, the NDP committed to implementing the TRC Calls to Action in collaboration with Indigenous Peoples according to their priorities. In particular Action 45, in regards to repudiation of the concepts of Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius, renewed treaty relationships based on mutual recognition and recognition and integration of Indigenous laws and traditions.

The NDP continues this commitment and respect in the 42nd Parliament. For example, the NDP has long believed that the Government of Canada has a duty to engage in true nation-to-nation relations with Indigenous peoples across Canada. The Assembly of First Nations, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, and individual First Nations have called on the federal government to suspend approval for the Site C Dam on the Peace River. We have called on the government to suspend approval of any further permits for Site C, and to finally meet with First Nations to hear their concerns before this project goes any further.

MP Romeo Saganash has introduced his private members bill C-262, to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, responding to the TRC Calls to Action 43 and 44. The bill calls for a National Action Plan made in collaboration and cooperation with Indigenous Peoples in regards to concrete measures to achieve the goals of the Declaration. Bill C-262 also contains accountability provisions that will require the federal government report on progress made towards implementing the Declaration. Bill C-262 will also confirm the application of the UN Declaration into Canadian law.

Again, thank you for taking the time to contact my office on this important matter.

Best Regards,

Thomas Mulcair

Leader, Canada’s New Democrats

Rachel Blaney

Response received: July 28, 2016 – 2.13 p.m. (PT)

Good afternoon Jeremy,

I thank you for asking this important question. As a Member of Parliament who lives and works with over 20 Indigenous communities, I am proud to say that the NDP is a party that adheres to Canadian  and International Law.

The Royal Proclamation recognized the legal sovereignty of Indigenous Nations in British law in 1763. Canada as a nation was founded on this principle; since that date, the Supreme Court of Canada has agreed with the recognition of inherent rights of Indigenous Peoples on this land.

In Canadian law sovereignty and self-determination have been defined many times. In the Haida Nation decision of 2004, the Court determined that the government must “reconcile pre-existing Aboriginal sovereignty with assumed Crown sovereignty”. This duty is grounded in the honour of the Crown, and applies even where title has not been proven.

Recently, Senator Murray Sinclair, former Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, has affirmed that “Tsilqhot’in is the law of the land”.  This Supreme Court decision clarified that rights conferred by Aboriginal title include the right to decide how the land will be used, to enjoy, occupy and possess the land, and that governments must obtain approval from the title-holder.

Based on these and many other legal decisions, the NDP recognizes Indigenous Sovereignty on traditional territories in this continent.

The NDP has shown its commitment to honouring Indigenous sovereignty and the agreements and obligations Canadian society has to Indigenous nations.

Article 3 and 4 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples affirm the right of Indigenous Peoples to exercise their right to self-determination through economic, social and cultural development and in matters related to programs and policy in their communities. The NDP respects these inherent rights and has consistently worked with Indigenous Peoples in regards to issues like Jordan’s Principle, Shannen’s Dream, language revitalization, education, national inquiry into MMIWG2S, and child welfare.

In 2009, the NDP pushed for a study of Harmonized Sales Tax especially regarding Ontario First Nations which resulted in Indigenous people keeping their tax exemption based on treaty obligations.

In 2015, the NDP committed to implementing the TRC Calls to Action in collaboration with Indigenous Peoples according to their priorities. In particular Action 45, in regards to repudiation of the concepts of Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius, renewed treaty relationships based on mutual recognition and recognition and integration of Indigenous laws and traditions.

The NDP continues to demonstrate it’s commitment and respect in the 42nd Parliament. For example,

The NDP has long believed that the Government of Canada has a duty to engage in true nation-to-nation relations with Indigenous peoples across Canada. The Assembly of First Nations, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, and individual First Nations have called on the federal government to suspend approval for the Site C Dam on the Peace River. We have called on the government to suspend approval of any further permits for Site C, and to finally meet with First Nations to hear their concerns before this project goes any further.

MP Romeo Saganash introduced his private members bill C-262, to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, responding to the TRC Calls to Action 43 and 44. The bill calls for a National Action Plan made in collaboration and cooperation with Indigenous Peoples in regards to concrete measures to achieve the goals of the Declaration. Bill C-262 also contains accountability provisions that will require the federal government to report on progress made towards implementing the Declaration. Bill C-262 will also confirm the application of the UN Declaration into Canadian law.”

The NDP’s dedication to the real work in creating respectful, Nation-to-Nation relationships can be seen in our continued dedication to action. As Elder Alberta Billy repeatedly told me, we are all in this canoe together now. The only way to move forward is to paddle together.

Once again, thank you for this initiative and please do not hesitate to contact me should you wish to further discuss.

Sincerely,

Rachel Blaney, MP

North Island-Powell River

Nathan Cullen

Response received: July 21, 2016 – 11.39 a.m. (PT)

Dear Jeremy,

Thank you for contacting our office and your work on this project.

The NDP is a party that adheres to Canadian Law and to International Law.

The Royal Proclamation recognized the legal sovereignty of Indigenous Nations in British law in 1763. Canada as a nation was founded on this principle; since that date, the Supreme Court of Canada has agreed with the recognition of inherent rights of Indigenous Peoples on this land.

In Canadian law sovereignty and self-determination have been defined many times. In the Haida Nation decision of 2004, the Court determined that the government must “reconcile pre-existing Aboriginal sovereignty with assumed Crown sovereignty”. This duty is grounded in the honour of the Crown, and applies even where title has not been proven.

Recently, Senator Murray Sinclair, former Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, has affirmed that “Tsilqhot’in is the law of the land”.  This Supreme Court decision clarified that rights conferred by Aboriginal title include the right to decide how the land will be used, to enjoy, occupy and possess the land, and that governments must obtain approval from the title-holder.

Based on these and many other legal decisions, the NDP recognizes Indigenous Sovereignty on traditional territories in this continent.

The NDP has shown its commitment to honouring Indigenous sovereignty and the agreements and obligations Canadian society has to Indigenous nations.

Article 3 and 4 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples affirm the right of Indigenous Peoples to exercise their right to self-determination through economic, social and cultural development and in matters related to programs and policy in their communities. The NDP respects these inherent rights and has consistently worked with Indigenous Peoples in regards to issues like Jordan’s Principle, Shannen’s Dream, language revitalization, education, national inquiry into MMIWG2S, and child welfare.

In 2009, the NDP pushed for a study of Harmonized Sales Tax especially regarding Ontario First Nations which resulted in Indigenous people keeping their tax exemption based on treaty obligations.

In 2015, the NDP committed to implementing the TRC Calls to Action in collaboration with Indigenous Peoples according to their priorities. In particular Action 45, in regards to repudiation of the concepts of Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius, renewed treaty relationships based on mutual recognition and recognition and integration of Indigenous laws and traditions.

The NDP continues this commitment and respect in the 42nd Parliament. For example,

The NDP has long believed that the Government of Canada has a duty to engage in true nation-to-nation relations with Indigenous peoples across Canada. The Assembly of First Nations, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, and individual First Nations have called on the federal government to suspend approval for the Site C Dam on the Peace River. We have called on the government to suspend approval of any further permits for Site C, and to finally meet with First Nations to hear their concerns before this project goes any further.

MP Romeo Saganash has introduced his private members bill C-262, to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, responding to the TRC Calls to Action 43 and 44. The bill calls for a National Action Plan made in collaboration and cooperation with Indigenous Peoples in regards to concrete measures to achieve the goals of the Declaration. Bill C-262 also contains accountability provisions that will require the federal government report on progress made towards implementing the Declaration. Bill C-262 will also confirm the application of the UN Declaration into Canadian law.

All the best,

Nathan Cullen

MP Skeena-Bulkley Valley

NDP Critic for Democratic Reform

www.nathancullen.ca

Sheri Benson

Response received: July 21, 2016 – 6.38 a.m. (PT)

Dear Jeremy:

Thank you for reaching out to me regarding the opportunity to speak about Indigenous sovereignty. Please see my response to the Settlers info project question – Do you uphold Indigenous Sovereignty? – below:

“As Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-West, which resides upon Treaty 6 territory, I am honoured to recognize and uphold Indigenous Sovereignty. It is a responsibility that I do not take lightly.

From the Royal Proclamation of 1763, which acknowledged the legal sovereignty of Indigenous Nations in British Law, to theHaida Nation Decision of 2005, to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission`s Calls to Action, one thing is clear- Canada must show leadership at the federal level by recognizing the inherent rights of Indigenous Peoples on this land.

As a member of the NDP, I am proud that my party has long called for the government to engage in true nation-to-nation relations with Indigenous peoples across Canada. Along with building a trusting relationship between our nations, it is absolutely essential that Canadian law reflects and aligns itself with the values in the UN Declaration of Indigenous Peoples.

My colleague, NDP Critic for Intergovernmental Aboriginal Affairs, Romeo Saganash, has shown great leadership in this respect by introducing his private members bill C-262.

This bill would ensure that Canadian laws reflect the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and would hold the government to account by requiring that it report on progress made towards implementing the Declaration.

We have much work to do to foster a true nation-to-nation relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples. My NDP colleagues and I remain committed to recognizing Indigenous Sovereignty, and working to ensure that Canadian Law adequately reflects the UN Declaration.  It is clear that we can create a more just Canada by upholding and respecting the inherent rights of Indigenous peoples.

Thank you. “

SHERI BENSON

MP for Saskatoon West | députée de Saskatoon Ouest

NDP Critic for Labour | porte-parole du NPD en matière de travail

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Tracey Ramsey

Response received: July 19, 2016 – 2.00 p.m. (PT)

Dear Mr. Board,

Thank you for your email regarding the recognition of Indigenous sovereignty.

The NDP is a party that adheres to Canadian Law and to International Law. The Royal Proclamation recognized the legal sovereignty of Indigenous Nations in British law in 1763. Canada as a nation was founded on this principle; since that date, the Supreme Court of Canada has agreed with the recognition of inherent rights of Indigenous Peoples on this land.

In Canadian law sovereignty and self-determination have been defined many times. In the Haida Nation decision of 2004, the Court determined that the government must “reconcile pre-existing Aboriginal sovereignty with assumed Crown sovereignty”. This duty is grounded in the honour of the Crown, and applies even where title has not been proven.

Recently, Senator Murray Sinclair, former Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, has affirmed that “Tsilqhot’in is the law of the land”.  This Supreme Court decision clarified that rights conferred by Aboriginal title include the right to decide how the land will be used, to enjoy, occupy and possess the land, and that governments must obtain approval from the title-holder. Based on these and many other legal decisions, the NDP recognizes Indigenous Sovereignty on traditional territories in this continent.

The NDP has shown its commitment to honouring Indigenous sovereignty and the agreements and obligations Canadian society has to Indigenous nations.

Article 3 and 4 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples affirm the right of Indigenous Peoples to exercise their right to self-determination through economic, social and cultural development and in matters related to programs and policy in their communities. The NDP respects these inherent rights and has consistently worked with Indigenous Peoples in regards to issues like Jordan’s Principle, Shannen’s Dream, language revitalization, education, national inquiry into MMIWG2S, and child welfare.

In 2009, the NDP pushed for a study of Harmonized Sales Tax especially regarding Ontario First Nations which resulted in Indigenous people keeping their tax exemption based on treaty obligations.

In 2015, the NDP committed to implementing the TRC Calls to Action in collaboration with Indigenous Peoples according to their priorities. In particular Action 45, in regards to repudiation of the concepts of Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius, renewed treaty relationships based on mutual recognition and recognition and integration of Indigenous laws and traditions.

The NDP continues this commitment and respect in the 42nd Parliament. For example, the NDP has long believed that the Government of Canada has a duty to engage in true nation-to-nation relations with Indigenous peoples across Canada. The Assembly of First Nations, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, and individual First Nations have called on the federal government to suspend approval for the Site C Dam on the Peace River. We have called on the government to suspend approval of any further permits for Site C, and to finally meet with First Nations to hear their concerns before this project goes any further.

MP Romeo Saganash has introduced his private members bill C-262, to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, responding to the TRC Calls to Action 43 and 44. The bill calls for a National Action Plan made in collaboration and cooperation with Indigenous Peoples in regards to concrete measures to achieve the goals of the Declaration. Bill C-262 also contains accountability provisions that will require the federal government report on progress made towards implementing the Declaration. Bill C-262 will also confirm the application of the UN Declaration into Canadian law.

I am proud of the work the NDP has done over the years in support of Indigenous sovereignty and the commitment we continue to hold to build the nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous people.

Sincerely,

Tracey Ramsey, MP

Essex

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Marilyn Gladu

Response received: July 14, 2016 – 8.14 a.m. (PT)

Of course we recognize indigenous sovereignty, just as the Supreme Court of Canada has. Most Canadians would agree to this as well.

HOWEVER – We did NOT receive any emails from you on July 6th, so please do not make any statements, public or otherwise, regarding my MP’s support or non-support for your website project.

If you need to contact our office, all our information is below.

Sincerely,

Benjamin Martin

Director of Operations

Office of Marilyn Gladu

Member of Parliament: Sarnia-Lambton, &

Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition Shadow Cabinet: Science Critic

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Sean Casey

Response received: Aug 16, 2016 – 10.14 a.m. (PT)

Dear Mr. Board:

I appreciate you taking the time to launch and curate this project. I am happy to have the opportunity to respond.

The Prime Minister has repeatedly stated the need for a sincere nation-to-nation relationship with Canada’s First Nations. Part of the relationship involves recognizing the treaties in place which confer rights and responsibilities on First Nations.

It is important for myself as a Member of Parliament to recognize the historic role First Nations have played in helping to build our country. Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island is a city build on unceded Mi’kmaq territory, and I liaise on a regular basis with the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island and the Native Council of Prince Edward Island.

From the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to the Prime Minister’s pledge to eliminate boil-water advisories in First Nations communities, to the $8.4bn slated over the next five years for priority areas – our government is committed to respecting Indigenous rights and responsibilities. I am committed to seeing our government honour its treaty obligations.

Thank you for the opportunity to provide a response to your project.

Sincerely,

Sean Casey, M.P.

The Honourable John McKay

Response received: Aug 15, 2016 – 2.25 p.m. (PT)

Dear Mr. Board,

Thank you for contacting the office of the Hon. John McKay, P.C., M.P., Scarborough-Guildwood.

Please find Mr. McKay’s response attached.

Best regards,

Ryan

Ryan Pyne

Executive Assistant to

Hon. John McKay, P.C., M.P.

Scarborough-Guildwood

613-992-1447

Diane Lebouthillier

Response received: Aug 15, 2016 – 12.15 p.m. (PT)

Dear Mr. Board,

Thank you for taking the time to write to me about the relationship between the Government of Canada and Indigenous peoples.

Our Prime Minister has been clear no relationship is more important for our government and for Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples. Our government is committed to renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples, a relationship based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.

Working in genuine partnership, we are committed to making progress on the priority areas for Indigenous communities. Budget 2016 makes historic investments with $8.4 billion over five years beginning in 2016–17, so together, we can improve the socio-economic conditions of Indigenous peoples and their communities and bring about transformational change.

Our Government believes the work of reconciliation is one of the most vital challenges facing all Canadians today and every effort counts. In my role as Minister of National Revenue, I was asked by our Prime Minister to proactively contact Canadians who are entitled to, but are not receiving, tax benefits. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has played a growing role in administering benefits for Canadians and tax filing is essential to gain access to financial support from various programs. The CRA has already started working with its federal partners to overcome barriers that limit the access of Indigenous communities to the tax system and the benefits in general. My officials are currently working on an engagement plan that will provide us with an integrated solution to meet the challenges and I hope I can count on your support to share this renewed vision with Indigenous communities from all over Canada.

Yours sincerely,

Diane Lebouthillier

MP Gaspésie – Îles-de-la-Madeleine

Minister of National Revenue

Peter Fragiskatos

Response received: Aug 15, 2016 – 9.16 a.m. (PT)

Dear Jeremy,

Thank you for taking the time to write to Peter Fragiskatos, M.P., London North Centre, about the relationship between the Government of Canada and Indigenous peoples.

Our Prime Minister has been clear no relationship is more important for our government and for Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples. Our government is committed to renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples, a relationship based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.

Working in genuine partnership, we are committed to making progress on the priority areas for Indigenous communities. Budget 2016 makes historic investments with $8.4 billion over five years beginning in 2016–17, so together, we can improve the socio-economic conditions of Indigenous peoples and their communities and bring about transformational change.

Our Government believes the work of reconciliation is one of the most vital challenges facing all Canadians today.

Thank you again for writing to ask a question. Peter is very proud to work for his constituents in London North Centre, representing their concerns in Ottawa.

Yours sincerely,

Office of Peter Fragiskatos

Member of Parliament

London North Centre

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London, Ontario N5Y 2M2

Tel: 519-663-9777

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Peter Schiefke

Response received: Aug 11, 2016 – 12.51 p.m. (PT)

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to you for taking the time to write to me about the existing relationship between the Government of Canada and Indigenous peoples.

Our Prime Minister has stated and reaffirmed that there is no relationship more sacred and more important to Canada that the one between Indigenous peoples and this government. We are committed to renewing that relationship, one that is based in the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation, reconciliation, and partnership.

Through this genuine partnership that is enshrined in these principles, we are committed to making real progress in areas that are priorities for Indigenous communities. Together, we can bring transformational change to the lives and socio-economic conditions of Indigenous peoples. Part of this partnership includes the historic investments that Budget 2016 makes, including $8.4 billion over five years beginning in 2016-2017 going towards achieving these goals. The National Inquiry in to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, launched on August 3rd, 2016, is another step in renewing a bond based on trust and mutual respect between Indigenous communities and the Government of Canada.

Our Government firmly believes that reconciliation and a plan to move our relationship forward is one of the most significant challenges facing Canada today. That is why we are so committed to addressing the problems of the past and moving to a new future, together.

Thank you again for writing to ask a question and share your thoughts.

Peter Schiefke

Député de Vaudreuil-Soulanges

Member of Parliament, Vaudreuil-Soulanges

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Shaun Chen

Response received: Aug 11, 2016 – 11.26 a.m. (PT)

Dear Mr. Board,

Thank you for taking the time to write to me about the relationship between the Government of Canada and Indigenous peoples.

Our Prime Minister has been clear no relationship is more important for our government and for Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples. Our government is committed to renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples, a relationship based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.

Working in genuine partnership, we are committed to making progress on the priority areas for Indigenous communities. Budget 2016 makes historic investments with $8.4 billion over five years beginning in 2016–17, so together, we can improve the socio-economic conditions of Indigenous peoples and their communities and bring about transformational change.

Our Government believes the work of reconciliation is one of the most vital challenges facing all Canadians today.

Thank you again for writing on this issue.

Yours sincerely,

Shaun Chen
Member of Parliament for Scarborough North

House of Commons

Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6

613-996-9681

Shaun.Chen@parl.gc.ca

Sonia Sidhu

Response received: Aug 09, 2016 – 11.50 a.m. (PT)

Dear Mr. Board,

Thank you for taking the time to write to me and my colleagues about the relationship between Indigenous peoples and the Government of Canada.

Our Prime Minister has been clear that no relationship is as important for our government than the one with Indigenous Peoples. I am committed, as is the entire government, to renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples, a relationship that is based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.

We are committed to making progress on the areas of most important for Indigenous communities by working in genuine partnership with them. By working together we can improve the socio-economic conditions of Indigenous peoples and their communities and bring about transformational change. We have made the important first steps in Budget 2016 by making historic investments with $8.4 billion over five years beginning in 2016-17.

We believe that the work of reconciliation is one of the most important challenges facing Canada today.

I truly appreciate the advocacy you do on behalf of Settlers Info. It is because of people like you that we have a thriving democratic and progressive tradition in this country.

I am proud to represent my constituents’ concerns in Ottawa.

Yours Sincerely,

Sonia Sidhu

MP for Brampton South

Francesco Sorbara

Response received: Aug 08, 2016 – 10.11 a.m. (PT)

Dear Mr. Board,

Thank your e-mail and question on behalf of the Settlers Info Project about the relationship between the Government of Canada and Indigenous peoples.

Our Prime Minister has been clear no relationship is more important for our government and for Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples. Our government is committed to renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples, a relationship based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.  Toward that end, I recently had the honour to represent the Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau at the Assembly of First Nations Annual General Assembly for the signing of an historic Memorandum of Understanding creating a new nation-to-nation fiscal framework.

Working in genuine partnership, my colleagues and I are committed to making progress on the priority areas for Indigenous communities. Budget 2016 makes historic investments with $8.4 billion over five years beginning in 2016–17, so together, we can improve the socio-economic conditions of Indigenous peoples and their communities and bring about transformational change.  Our Government believes the work of reconciliation is one of the most vital challenges facing all Canadians today.

Thanks again for your e-mail.

Yours sincerely,

Francesco Sorbara, M.P.

Vaughan-Woodbridge

Mike Bossio

Response received: Aug 05, 2016 – 12.31 p.m. (PT)

Dear Mr. Board,

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me on the question of Indigenous Sovereignty.

As I’m sure you know, in May of this year Canada announced that it is a full supporter, without qualification, of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples. I am a proud supporter of this position. Canada is committed to adopting and implementing the Declaration in accordance with our Constitution.

I am also proud that Prime Minister Trudeau made it clear that no relationship is more important to him than the relationship with Indigenous peoples. For my own part, I am eager to continue to work hard in partnership with the people of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, and more broadly in my capacity as a member of the Standing Committing for Indigenous and Northern Affairs.

Thank you again for writing.

Yours in Service,

Mike Bossio

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Paul Lefebvre

Response received: Aug 04, 2016 – 7.51 a.m. (PT)

Dear Jeremy,

Thank you for taking the time to write to me about the relationship between the Government of Canada and Indigenous peoples.

Our Prime Minister has been clear: no relationship is more important for our government and for Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples. Our government is committed to renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples, on the basis of recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership. Our Government believes the work of reconciliation is one of the most vital challenges facing all Canadians today.

Working in genuine partnership, we are committed to making progress on the priority areas for Indigenous communities. Budget 2016 makes historic investments with $8.4 billion over five years beginning in 2016–17, so together, we can improve the socio-economic conditions of Indigenous peoples and their communities and bring about meaningful, substantial, lasting, change.

I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to write me regarding this issue. As a Member of Parliament, I value the opinions of each constituent and appreciate the time you have taken to contact my office.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Lefebvre, MP

Sudbury

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor

Response received: Aug 04, 2016 – 5.58 a.m. (PT)

Dear Jeremy Board,

Thank you for reaching out to me on this issue.

Our Prime Minister has been clear; no relationship is more important for our government and for Canada than the one with our Indigenous peoples. As such, our government is fully committed to renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples, a relationship that is based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.

Working in genuine partnership, we are working hard to make real progress on the priority areas for Indigenous communities. To that end, Budget 2016 makes historic investments with $8.4 billion over five years beginning in 2016–17, so together, we can improve the socio-economic conditions of Indigenous peoples and their communities and bring about transformational change.

Our Government believes the work of reconciliation is one of the most vital challenges facing all Canadians today and I share that belief as well.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to write.

If you have any other questions or comments, or if you wish to discuss this in person, please call our constituency office at 506.851.3310 to make an appointment.

Regards,

Hon. Ginette Petitpas Taylor, P.C. M.P.

Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe

Chris Bittle

Response received: Aug 03, 2016 – 11.26 a.m. (PT)

Dear Jeremy,

Thank you for taking the time to write to me about the relationship between the Government of Canada and Indigenous peoples.

Our Prime Minister has been clear no relationship is more important for our government and for Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples. Our government is committed to renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples, a relationship based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.

Working in genuine partnership, we are committed to making progress on the priority areas for Indigenous communities. Budget 2016 makes historic investments with $8.4 billion over five years beginning in 2016–17, so together, we can improve the socio-economic conditions of Indigenous peoples and their communities and bring about transformational change.

Our Government believes the work of reconciliation is one of the most vital challenges facing all Canadians today.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Bittle,

Member of Parliament,

St. Catharines

Salma Zahid

Response received: Aug 03, 2016 – 11.14 a.m. (PT)

Dear Jeremy,

Thank you for taking the time to write to me about the relationship between the Government of Canada and Indigenous peoples.

Our Prime Minister has been clear no relationship is more important for our government and for Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples. Our government is committed to renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples, a relationship based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.

Working in genuine partnership, we are committed to making progress on the priority areas for Indigenous communities. Budget 2016 makes historic investments with $8.4 billion over five years beginning in 2016–17, so together, we can improve the socio-economic conditions of Indigenous peoples and their communities and bring about transformational change.

Our Government believes the work of reconciliation is one of the most vital challenges facing all Canadians today.

Thank you again for writing to ask a question. I am proud to work for you, representing your concerns in Ottawa.

Yours sincerely,

Salma

Salma Zahid

Member of Parliament for Scarborough Centre

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Anthony Housefather

Response received: Aug 03, 2016 – 10.57 a.m. (PT)

Dear Jeremy,

Thank you for your email. I want to assure you that the relationship with Canada’s Indigenous peoples is an issue that is very important to me.

Prime Minister Trudeau has been unequivocal in stating that no relationship is more important for our Government and for Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples. In fact, he made this one of the Government’s top priorities, by ensuring that a renewed “nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership” was included in the mandate letter to the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Carolyn Bennett.

Working in genuine partnership, we are committed to making progress on the priority areas for Indigenous communities. Budget 2016 makes historic investments with $8.4 billion over five years beginning in 2016–17, so that together, we can improve the socio-economic conditions of Indigenous peoples and their communities, and bring about transformational change. Our Government believes the work of reconciliation is one of the most vital challenges facing all Canadians today.

I  support the actions above.

Thank you again for writing to me about this topic.

Regards

Anthony

Anthony Housefather

Member of Parliament for Mount

Royal/ Député de Mont-Royal

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Montreal, Quebec,  Canada,  H3W 1H2

Telephone/Téléphone: 514-283-0171

Fax/Télécopieur: 514-283-2407

Email: anthony.housefather.p9@parl.gc.ca

Ottawa Office/Bureau d’Ottawa

Room 06-Justice Building

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 0A6

Telephone/Téléphone:  613-995-0121

Fax/Télécopieur:  613-992-6762

Eva Nassif

Response received: Aug 03, 2016 – 10.57 a.m. (PT)

Dear Mr. Board

Thank you for taking the time and putting forth a great effort to shed light on Indigenous issues and the relationship between the Government of Canada and Indigenous peoples.

Our Prime Minister has been clear no relationship is more important for our government and for Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples. Our government is committed to renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples, a relationship based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.

Working in genuine partnership, we are committed to making progress on the priority areas for Indigenous communities. Budget 2016 makes historic investments with $8.4 billion over five years to improve the socio-economic conditions of Indigenous peoples and their communities.

The mandate letter sent to Dr. Carolyn Bennett outlines many avenues to improve the conditions of all Indigenous Peoples – First Nations, the Métis Nation, and Inuit communities – through a renewed nation-to-nation process.Reconciliation with the Indigenous people of Canada is one of the most fundamentally important issues facing this country today and the government has made significant commitments to review the existing framework alongside its obligation to Aboriginal and Treaty rights and the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Sincerely,

Eva Nassif

Member of Parliament for Vimy

Luc Thériault

Response received: Aug 02, 2016 – 12.46 p.m. (PT)

Bonjour,

Nous avons bien reçu votre courriel. Une réponse à votre question vous parviendra sous peu.

Merci!

JOHANNE RÉGIMBALD

Adjointe parlementaire de Luc Thériault

Député de Montcalm

Leader parlementaire du Bloc Québécois

613 992-0164

613 222-6384 (cellulaire)

Monique Pauzé

Response received: Aug 02, 2016 – 12.24 p.m. (PT)

Bonjour,

Nous avons bien reçu votre courriel et nous ferons un suivi dès notre retour de vacances.

Merci!

Andy Fillmore

Hello,

Thank you for reaching out on the topic of Indigenous sovereignty.

In every mandate letter written to each of his cabinet ministers, our Prime Minister made it clear that “no relationship is more important” to our current government than the one with Indigenous Peoples. We remain absolutely committed to building a renewed nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples – one that is based on respect, partnership, cooperation, and the recognition of rights.

I was very happy this past June to help organize and to chair the first ever summit between all Nova Scotia First Nations Chiefs and Members of Parliament in Ottawa where this important work was discussed. It was an important and eye-opening meeting which laid groundwork for a strong partnership between Indigenous leaders and federal representatives in our province.

Budget 2016 was an historic step in the right direction. Over $8.4 billion dollars will be invested over five years to bring about the transformational change that is so desperately needed to improve the socio-economic conditions for our Indigenous Peoples and their communities.

Again, thank you for reaching out.

Yours sincerely,

Andy Fillmore, MP
Halifax

Rhéal Éloi Fortin

Response received: Aug 02, 2016 – 10.54 a.m. (PT)

Bonjour,

Nous avons bien reçu votre courriel et il nous fera plaisir d’y répondre très bientôt.

Merci!

JOHANNE RÉGIMBALD
Adjointe parlementaire de Rhéal Fortin
Député de Rivière-du-Nord
Chef intérimaire du Bloc Québécois
613 992 3257

Francis Drouin

Response received: July 29, 2016 – 6.30 a.m. (PT)

Dear Mr Board,

Thank you for writing to me.

Our Prime Minister has been clear no relationship is more important for our government and for Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples. Our government is committed to renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples, a relationship based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.

Working in genuine partnership, we are committed to making progress on the priority areas for Indigenous communities. Budget 2016 makes historic investments with $8.4 billion over five years beginning in 2016–17, so together, we can improve the socio-economic conditions of Indigenous peoples and their communities and bring about transformational change.

Our Government believes the work of reconciliation is one of the most vital challenges facing all Canadians today.

Thank you again for writing to ask a question. Do not hesitate to contact me in the future.

Yours sincerely,

Francis Drouin

Député pour Glengarry-Prescott-Russell | Member of Parliament for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell

Chambre des communes | House of Commons

Édifice de la Bravoure(151, rue Sparks), pièce 1270 | Valour Building (151 Sparks), Room 1270

Ottawa, Ontario  K1A 0A6

Tel. (613) 992-0490

Fax. (613) 996-9123

Francis.Drouin@parl.gc.ca

Pam Damoff

Response received: July 27, 2016 – 12.19 p.m. (PT)

Dear Jeremy,

Thank you very much for your emails concerning Indigenous sovereignty. As the Prime Minister has said and as my colleague Matt Decourcey, has already pointed out – but I believe is worth reiteration. “No relationship is more important for our government and for Canada then the one with Indigenous peoples.”

Our government is committed to working on an equal basis with our indigenous partners. On a personal note, I have worked with two fantastic young constituents, Emma and Julia Mogus and their not for profit Books with No Boundsto improve literacy rates on reserves – they have sent close to 100,000 books to the kids in the Nishnawbe Aski Nation. The success of that program speaks to how we can all make a difference in bringing about change, and provides me with a sense of hope in knowing that the future of the relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples will be in the hands of young people like Emma and Julia.

More sobering, however, I have also visited Pelican Falls First Nation High School (a former residential school) and met with the former Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy to discuss the impacts of the residential schools. I am proud of the initiatives our Government has decided to undertake after so many decades of neglect.

Our government has begun to fulfill the promises we have made to Indigenous peoples and all Canadians. We will continue to undertake, in full partnership and consultation with First Nations, Inuit and the Métis Nations, a full review of laws, policies and operational practises. This will ensure that on project reviews and assessments, the Crown is fully executing its obligations, in accordance with its constitutional and international human rights obligations, including Aboriginal and Treaty rights and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Working in genuine partnership, we are committed to making progress on the priority areas for Indigenous communities. Budget 2016 makes historic investments with $8.4 billion over five years beginning in 2016–17, so together, we can improve the socio-economic conditions of Indigenous peoples and their communities and bring about transformational change.

Thank you for reaching out and I look forward to continuing this important dialogue.

Sincerely,

Pam Damoff, M.P.

Oakville North-Burlington

Alexandra Mendès

Response received: July 27, 2016 – 11.44 a.m. (PT)

Dear Mr. Board,

Thank you for taking the time to write to me about the relationship between the Government of Canada and Indigenous peoples.

Our Prime Minister has been clear that no relationship is more important for our Government and for Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples. In fact, he made this one of the Government’s top priorities, by ensuring that a renewed “nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership” was included in the mandate letter to the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Carolyn Bennett.

Working in genuine partnership, we are committed to making progress on the priority areas for Indigenous communities. Budget 2016 makes historic investments with $8.4 billion over five years beginning in 2016–17, so that together, we can improve the socio-economic conditions of Indigenous peoples and their communities, and bring about transformational change. Our Government believes the work of reconciliation is one of the most vital challenges facing all Canadians today.

I completely support and agree with all of the above.

Thank you again for writing to me about this topic.

Yours sincerely,

Alexandra Mendès

Députée / Member of Parliament

Brossard – Saint-Lambert

Yasmin Ratansi

Response received: July 26, 2016 – 2.45 p.m. (PT)

Dear Mr. Board,

Thank you for your email about the relationship between the Government of Canada and Indigenous peoples.

Our Prime Minister has been clear before and following the 2015 election that no relationship is more important for our government and for Canada than the relationship we have with Indigenous peoples. Our government is committed to renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples, a relationship based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.

By working in a genuine partnership, we have committed to making progress on the priority areas for Indigenous communities. Budget 2016 makes historic investments with $8.4 billion over five years beginning in 2016–17.  We can improve the socio-economic conditions of Indigenous peoples and their communities and bring about transformational change.

Our Government believes the work of reconciliation is one of the most vital challenges facing all Canadians today.

Thank you again for writing to ask a question. I am proud to work for you, representing your concerns in Ottawa.

Yours sincerely,

Yasmin Ratansi, MP
Don Valley East

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland

Response received: July 25, 2016 – 9.32 a.m. (PT)

Dear Jeremy,

Thank you for taking the time to write to the Hon. Chrystia Freeland about the relationship between the Government of Canada and Indigenous peoples.

Our Government believes that the work of reconciliation is one of the most vital challenges facing Canada today, and our Prime Minister has been clear that no relationship is more important for our government and for Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples. We are committed to renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples, a relationship that must be based on respect, cooperation, partnership, and the recognition of rights.

Working in genuine partnership, we are committed to making progress on the priority areas for Indigenous communities. Budget 2016 makes historic investments with $8.4 billion over five years beginning in 2016–17, so together, we can improve the socio-economic conditions of Indigenous peoples and their communities and bring about transformational change.

Thank you once again for writing to Chrystia about this important issue. It is because of engaged citizens like you that our country has such a thriving democratic tradition.

Warm regards,

Office of the Hon. Chrystia Freeland

Member of Parliament for University—Rosedale

Marwan Tabbara

Response received: July 21, 2016 – 1.09 p.m. (PT)

Dear Jeremy Board,

Thank you for taking the time to write to me about the relationship between the Government of Canada and Indigenous peoples.

Our Prime Minister has been clear no relationship is more important for our government and for Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples. Our government is committed to renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples, a relationship based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.

Working in genuine partnership, we are committed to making progress on the priority areas for Indigenous communities. Budget 2016 makes historic investments with $8.4 billion over five years beginning in 2016-17, so together, we can improve the socio-economic conditions of Indigenous peoples and their communities and bring about transformational change.

Our Government believes the work of reconciliation is one of the most vital challenges facing all Canadians today.

Thank you again for writing to ask a question.

Yours sincerely,

The Honourable Michael D. Chong

Response received: July 21, 2016 – 10.56 a.m. (PT)

Dear Jeremy,

On behalf of Michael, I’d like to thank you for your email. He appreciates that you took the time to bring your views to his attention, and he has taken your concerns into careful consideration. Michael will be sure to share your feedback with his colleagues in Ottawa.

Michael respects the constitutionally guaranteed rights and treaties of Canada’s aboriginal peoples, and is committed to working with aboriginal peoples to uphold those rights and improve outcomes.

Once again, thank you for writing.

Sincerely,

Mary

Office of the Hon. Michael Chong, M.P. | Bureau du l’Hon. Michael Chong, député

Wellington-Halton Hills

1-866-878-5556

michael.chong@parl.gc.ca

www.michaelchong.ca

Robert Oliphant

Response received: July 21, 2016 – 10.31 a.m. (PT)

Dear Jeremy:

Thank you for taking the time to write to me about the relationship between the Government of Canada and Indigenous peoples.

Our Prime Minister has been clear no relationship is more important for our government and for Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples. Our government is committed to renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples, a relationship based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.

Working in genuine partnership, we are committed to making progress on the priority areas for Indigenous communities. Budget 2016 makes historic investments with $8.4 billion over five years beginning in 2016–17, so together, we can improve the socio-economic conditions of Indigenous peoples and their communities and bring about transformational change.

Our Government believes the work of reconciliation is one of the most vital challenges facing all Canadians today.

Thank you again for writing to me.

Yours truly,

Rob Oliphant, M.P.

Don Valley West

Gary Anandasangaree

Response received: July 14, 2016 – 11.54 a.m. (PT)

Dear Jeremy Board,

Thank you for writing our office, unfortunately Mr. Anandasangaree is out of the country until the 23rd of June on parliamentary business.

Mr. Anandasangaree is a fierce advocate for human rights and indigenous rights. I will review your email with him and hope to have something for you shortly after he returns.

Best regards,

Ian Crump

Legislative Assistant to Gary Anandasangaree| Adjoint parlementaire de Gary Anandasangaree

Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Rouge Park| Député de Scarborough—Rouge Park

Valour Building, Room 1110  | Édifice de la Bravoure, pièce 1110

Ottawa, Ontario  K1A 0A6 | Ottawa (Ontario)  K1A 0A6

Tel/Tél. :  613-992-1351

Cell. : 647- 802-2428

Matt DeCourcey

Response received: July 13, 2016 – 5.23 a.m. (PT)

Hi Jeremy,

Thank you for reaching out to my office, particularly on this matter.

Our Prime Minister has been clear: no relationship is more important for our government and for Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples.

Our government is committed to renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples, a relationship based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.

By working in genuine partnership, we will work on the priority areas for First Nation communities.

  • Budget 2016 makes historic investments with $8.4 billion over five years, beginning in 2016–17, so together, we can improve the socio-economic conditions of Indigenous peoples and their communities and bring about transformational change.

Our Government believes the work of reconciliation is one of the most vital challenges facing all Canadians today, and this is something I fully support.

Best regards, and thank you again for contacting me.

Matt DeCourcey  MP, député Fredericton
494 rue Queen Street, Suite/ pièce 300

Fredericton (NB) E3B 1B6

matt.decourcey@parl.gc.ca
T: (506) 452-4110 │F: (506) 452-4076

Greg Fergus

Response received: July 08, 2016 – 7.18 a.m. (PT)

Greetings!

Thank you for taking the time to e-mail me.

My staff and I will endeavour to reply as soon as possible.

Be good.

Greg Fergus

Député / Member of Parliament – Hull-Aylmer

Chambre des communes | House of Commons

Édifice de la Confédération, pièce 331 | Confederation Building, Room 331

Ottawa (Ontario) K1A 0A6

Bureau. (613) 992-7550

Télec. / Fax : 613-992-7599

greg.fergus.@parl.gc.ca

The Honourable Judy Foote

Response received: July 07, 2016 – 5.30 a.m. (PT)

Good morning,

Thank you for your email.

I will bring it to the attention of Minister Foote.

Sincerely,

Stacy A. Pardy

 

Intern

Office of the Hon. Judy Foote, P.C., M.P.

Bonavista-Burin-Trinity

441-S, Centre Block

Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6

The Honourable Maxime Bernier

Response received: July 06, 2016 – 1.57 p.m. (PT)

Dear Mr Board,

Maxime will make an announcement regarding its indigenous policy later in the campaign.

We, therefore, cannot comment further at the moment,

Regards,

-Maxime Hupé

Director of Communications

Maxime HUPÉ

Director of Communications

Directeur des communications

MAXIME BERNIER 2017

819-923-5358

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Please note this column is in alphabetical order. Each Member of Parliament was asked for their reason for remaining silent. If a reason was communicated, it is printed below their photo. If no reason was provided, then it is noted as unspecified, this was also communicated to all MPs before they were added to this column. The MPs in silence have not been named, this column is not about shaming people, it is about helping all Canadians and Indigenous Peoples out of the darkness and towards truth and love.  

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