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The Late Honourable Tobias C. Enverga, Jr.

1st Session, 42nd Parliament, Volume 150, Issue 163 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, I rise today to honour the life of our dear friend and colleague, the late Honourable Tobias C. Enverga, Jr, whose sudden and tragic death is hard to grasp. Senator Enverga, the first Filipino-Canadian senator, was appointed to the Senate on September 6, 2012. He was a very active parliamentarian, both inside and outside of the chamber. Over the course of his time in the Senate, he was a member of…
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The Late Chow Quen Lee

1st Session, 42nd Parliament, Volume 150, Issue 157 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, I rise today to honour the life of the late Chow Quen Lee, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 105. Chow Quen Lee was an outspoken activist who fought for justice over Canada’s Chinese Head Tax, a tax which sorely affected her life and the lives of many other Chinese immigrants who came to Canada in the late 19th and early 20th century. Her story begins with her future husband, Guang F…
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Indian Act—Elimination of Sex-Based Discrimination

1st Session, 42nd Parliament, Volume 150, Issue 153 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, Senator Sandra Lovelace Nicholas and I had hoped to be able to give this senator’s statement jointly, but unfortunately our Rules do not allow us to do so. Senator Lovelace Nicholas and I are honoured and humbled to join forces with Jeannette Corbière Lavell, Yvonne Bédard, Sharon McIvor and Dr. Lynn Gehl in a national call for support to eliminate the discrimination against women in the Indian Ac…
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Saskatchewan Social Innovations

1st Session, 42nd Parliament, Volume 150, Issue 147 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Chad Nilson, from the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and Justice Studies at the University of Saskatchewan, who informed me about two important and exciting social innovations in my home province of Saskatchewan that I hope will inspire others in Canada. In 2011 the Hub Model of Collaborative Risk-Driven Intervention was formed in Prince Albert. Thi…
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The Late Honourable Thelma J. Chalifoux

1st Session, 42nd Parliament, Volume 150, Issue 146 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, I rise today to pay tribute to the late Senator Thelma Chalifoux, who passed away at the age of 88 last week. As many senators know, she was the first indigenous female senator appointed to the upper chamber in 1997. She was also the first indigenous female senator to chair the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples. Under her leadership, the committee produced a groundbreaking study on u…
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National Aboriginal Day

1st Session, 42nd Parliament, Volume 150, Issue 136 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, today is National Aboriginal Day. It is a day to recognize and celebrate the contributions of the original inhabitants of this land, the Aboriginal people, to the making of Canada. However, it is hard to celebrate under the circumstances. Not only is there still a long way to go before Aboriginal people gain a significant measure of equality and equity compared to other Canadians, but the very fir…
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Aboriginal History Month / Reserve 107

1st Session, 42nd Parliament, Volume 150, Issue 131 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, this month is National Aboriginal History Month and fast approaching is the celebration of Canada 150. As Canada looks ahead in renewing its relationship with the indigenous people of Canada, it is important that we learn from the past. We must acknowledge the past, honour past obligations, such as the treaties, and move forward together, indigenous people and settler Canadians, hand in hand, in re…
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Indigenous Youth Leaders

1st Session, 42nd Parliament, Volume 150, Issue 129 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, in celebration of Aboriginal History Month, the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples has invited nine extraordinary indigenous youth as witnesses to testify this evening on our current study on a new relationship between Canada and First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples. As chair of the committee, I wish to welcome all nine participants to Ottawa and to the Senate of Canada. I have the…
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70th Anniversary of the repeal of the Chinese Immigration Act

1st Session, 42nd Parliament, Volume 150, Issue 122 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, this past Sunday, May 14, 2017, marked the 70th Anniversary of the repeal of the Chinese Immigration Act, commonly known as the Chinese Exclusion Act. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, virtually all of the Chinese in Canada were men; men who left poverty, famine and political unrest in China and who came to Canada as labourers to earn money to support their families back home in China. The Chines…
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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

1st Session, 42nd Parliament, Volume 150, Issue 106 ​Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, March 21 was the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This year's theme is "Learning from historical tragedies to combat racial discrimination today." One such historical tragedy was the establishment of Indian residential schools. Honourable senators, let's remember that in June 2008, former Prime Minister Harper delivered a historic apology for the Indian residential…
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