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Chief Kimberly Jonathan

2nd Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 149, Issue 108 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, I rise today to acknowledge the change in leadership in Saskatchewan in the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations. As I noted a couple of days ago, Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations has now been elected National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. With that move, the First Vice-Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations will now become the…
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Rinelle Harper

2nd Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 149, Issue 107 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, the Assembly of First Nations kicked off their Special Chiefs Assembly in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As you know, Chief Perry Bellegarde from Saskatchewan was elected as the new national chief. Also, the first day of the assembly was quite remarkable for the courage of a 16-year-old Aboriginal girl, Rinelle Harper. As honourable senators know, in November Rinelle was violent…
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Science Ambassadors Program

2nd Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 149, Issue 102 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, in August of this year, I attended the 2014 Science Ambassador Program celebration at the Diefenbaker Canada Centre in Saskatoon. The Science Ambassador Program was created in 2007 by Dr. Julita Vassileva, when she was the NSERC/Cameco Chair of Women in Science and Engineering on the Prairies. Since 2012, the program has been taken over by Dr. Peta Bonham-Smith and Dr. Sandy Bonny from the College…
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Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

2nd Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 149, Issue 89 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, the Sisters in Spirit vigils for missing and murdered indigenous women and girls occurred at the beginning of this month on October 4. Since then, we now find ourselves at the end of October with even more encouraging signs that a greater coalition of Canadians are coming together in calling for a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada. Yesterday, on Monday, October 2…
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Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

2nd Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 149, Issue 83 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, Amnesty International and the Native Women's Association of Canada have issued a news release calling on all Canadians to help make ending violence against Aboriginal women and girls a priority for all politicians. Their organizations will be working with women's organizations and other allies across Canada to ensure that all political parties make tangible commitments to end violence against indige…
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Anniversary of the Indian Residential School Apology

2nd Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 149, Issue 69 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, today is the sixth anniversary of the historic apology to former students of Indian residential schools. On June 11, 2008, in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Harper said: Today, we recognize this policy of assimilation was wrong, has caused great harm, and has no place in our country. . . . The Government of Canada sincerely apologizes and asks the forgiveness of the Aboriginal peoples of t…
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Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls

2nd Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 149, Issue 48 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, the first Senate Liberal open caucus was held last Wednesday on the important topic of missing and murdered Aboriginal women. This issue has received a lot of national media coverage in the last few weeks due to the tragic death of Loretta Saunders, a university student who was writing a thesis on missing and murdered Aboriginal women. As you know, Aboriginal women in Canada are three to four times…
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Tenelle Starr

2nd Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 149, Issue 39 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, I would like to use my time in this senator's statement to share with you the story of a very brave and thoughtful young lady, Tenelle Starr. Last month, 13-year-old Tenelle Starr from the Star Blanket First Nation in Saskatchewan inadvertently caused quite the controversy because of a sweatshirt. Tenelle wore a sweatshirt that read: "Got Land? Thank an Indian." I thought this was a cute use of lan…
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