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Inquiry on Disparities in First Nations Education

2nd Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 149, Issue 25 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck rose pursuant to notice of November 26, 2013: That she will call the attention of the Senate to the disparities in educational attainments of First Nations people, inequitable funding of on-reserve schools and insufficient funding for postsecondary education. She said: Honourable senators, I will begin my speech on my inquiry into the inequitable funding and gaps in First Nation education levels by providing some c…
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Response to the Speech from the Throne 2013

2nd Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 149, Issue 18 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, first I want to thank Senator Cowan, who was intending to speak today, for allowing me to speak instead. Honourable senators, I intend to focus my remarks on the Speech from the Throne on the section which mentions missing and murdered Aboriginal women. As you know, many people have called for a public inquiry to find out why over 600 Aboriginal women have gone missing or been murdered over the las…
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Motions to Suspend Senators Brazeau, Wallin and Duffy

2nd Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 149, Issue 5 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Thank you, Mr. Chair. I rise to speak to this motion in support of Senator Cowan's amendment, but I am not in support of Senator Carignan's original motion. It is because it has arrived too late in the process, it is fundamentally unfair and the penalty within the motion is far too severe. Essentially what we are doing is the equivalent to changing our rules extemporaneously, in midstream, for these three cases o…
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Bill C-304: Canadian Human Rights Act

1st Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 149, Issue 181 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, I would like to say a few words about this bill. I made a longer speech at second reading. I still object to the bill and will not vote for it, but I want to put it into context with respect to vulnerable groups. The first group that comes to mind, of course, is Aboriginal people. There was a survey done in 2010 called the Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study which indicated that three in four Aborigina…
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Third reading of Bill C-62: Yale First Nation Treaty

1st Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 149, Issue 176 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to Bill C-62, An Act to give effect to the Yale First Nation Final Agreement and to make consequential amendments to other Acts. The Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples dealt with this bill last week, and our first panel of witnesses were from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada: Mr. Greg Rickford, Parliamentary Secretary, and Mr. Jim Barkwell. One…
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"The People Who Own Themselves": Recognition of Métis Identity in Canada Report

1st Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 148, Issue 172 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, I would like to say a few words before we move to adopt the report. This is the first parliamentary report on the Metis and I would like to thank all senators on the committee who participated in the study and all the staff. We have access to some brilliant researchers and analysts. We have support of translators, and so on, who helped us to do the committee work when we travelled. I would also l…
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Second reading of Bill C-62: Yale First Nation Treaty

1st Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 148, Issue 172 Senator Dyck: I thank both honourable senators for their speeches. Senator Campbell brought up the issue of overlap. I know the Sto:lo were concerned about the Five Mile Fishery. What does the honourable senator see happening in the future? Will this agreement in any way affect the development of a solution? Will it create a roadblock? Is there still a way for them to work together to come to some kind of solution? Senator Campbell: I belie…
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Second reading of Bill C-304: An Act to Amend the Canadian Human Rights Act

1st Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 148, Issue 149 Hon. Lillian Dyck: Honourable senators, I spoke with Senator Day, and we came to an agreement that I would speak today and that after I was done, the adjournment would remain in Senator Day's name. Honourable senators, I rise to speak at second reading of Bill C- 304, an Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act (protecting freedom), and will address my remarks to clause 2, that section 13 of the act be repealed. I want…
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Third reading of Bill C-27: First Nations Financial Transparency Act

1st Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 148, Issue 146 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to Bill C-27, the First Nations Financial Transparency Bill. This bill seeks to require First Nation governments to make public their audited consolidated financial statements annually and require that a schedule of chief and council salaries and expenses also be made public through posting both documents on the Internet. Transparency and accountability through proactive disc…
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