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Truth and Reconciliation Commission

2nd Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 149, Issue 146 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, this week the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is holding its final public event in Ottawa. Since 2010, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has heard testimony from about 7,000 survivors across the country about their horrific experiences in residential schools. Some 150,000 Aboriginal children were taken from their parents and were placed in residential schools to "kill the Indian in the c…
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Jack Saddleback

2nd Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 149, Issue 141 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, on March 26, Jack Saddleback was elected as the University of Saskatchewan Students' Union president. Jack is the third Aboriginal students' union president and the first transgender students' union president at the university. Upon his election, he said: The fact that people don't think of me as just a trans man, don't think of me as just a First Nations man. They see all the skills that I have…
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Transgender Rights in Saskatchewan

2nd Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 149, Issue 139 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, on March 31, 2015, the Saskatchewan legislature in Regina raised the transgender pride flag as part of International Transgender Day of Visibility and the province's Transgender Awareness Week. Saskatchewan is the first provincial capital to raise the transgender flag at the legislature, and this signals a very positive step forward in the recognition and protection of transgender rights in Saskatc…
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Tenelle Starr and CBC's Future 40 Award

2nd Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 149, Issue 126 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, Tenelle Starr, a 15-year-old member of the Star Blanket First Nation, was nominated in the third annual CBC Saskatchewan's Future 40 award. This award looks to recognize young people under 40 years of age who are making a difference in their communities and excelling in their fields. Honourable senators will recall that I made a statement on Tenelle when her extraordinary courage and intelligence…
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Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls

2nd Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 149, Issue 121 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Despite blizzard-like weather on February 14, I joined with more than a hundred people who gathered at Saskatoon city hall to show support for the families of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls and to push for a national commission of inquiry. The annual Valentine's Day Women's Memorial March originated in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside to honour the memory of all women who have died due to violence. Simi…
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