Jukasa News Update Thursday, June 7, 2018
Trudeau’s Liberals made promises to indigenous senators this week in an effort to ensure their recreational marijuana legalization is not delayed.
11 members of the Senate’s Aboriginal people’s committee planned to support a conservative amendment that would have indefinitely delayed the implementation of Bill C-45 until governments worked out consultations with Firs tNations communities.
Ministers for health and indigenous services sent a letter prior to the debate promising a full report to parliament in September – and promised more funding for indigenous mental health, addictions treatment and business support to help First Nations through licensing to grow.
The promises also included proposed talks over jurisdictional issues and revenue sharing for recreational weed.
The conservative member seeking to halt the bill’s implementation, Dennis Patterson, now says he’s now decided not to propose the amendment.
Indigenous young people from across Canada are sharing experiences with members of the Senate in Ottawa.
Nine participants were chosen to appear before the Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples after being recognized as leaders in their communities.
The Inuit, Metis and First Nations young people are between the ages of 18 and 33. Their input is to contribute to the committee’s study on how a new relationship between Canada and Indigenous people should look.
The participants were chosen from a pool of 150 youth leaders nominated by their peers.
The federal government must offer more than Kinder Morgan did and tread carefully with First Nations when building the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, says an Indigenous committee monitoring the project.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met Tuesday with the Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee in Rosedale, B.C
The purpose of the committee is to make sure the project is done right, minimizing concerns and maximizing benefits for First Nations people along the pipeline’s route.
Chief Ernie Crey of the Cheam First Nation said the private meeting allowed committee members to raise some serious issues with the prime minister.
The federal government is spending $4.5 billion to buy the pipeline from Kinder Morgan to ensure the expansion goes ahead.
The committee released a statement following the meeting saying the purchase will have “huge impacts” on Indigenous communities and it called on Ottawa to allow the group to be co-manager of the project instead of an adviser.
The commissioners of Canada’s national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls say the government’s decision to extend their work by only six months does a “disservice” to victims, survivors and families.
Carolyn Bennett, minister of Crown-Indigenous relations, announced Tuesday that the inquiry _ which had requested an extension of two full years _ is getting only six more months to complete its hearings and until April 30, 2019, to submit a final report.
Bennett called the extension a “creative solution” that allows the terms of reference to be honoured in all of the provinces and the territories, meaning the commission will have to complete its research and witness testimony by Dec. 31.
At least one commissioner Michele Audette served notice Tuesday that she would reconsider her role with the inquiry as a result of the government’s decision.
After submitting the final report, the commission will have until June 30 of next year to wind down its operations.
An additional $21.3 million will be provided to expand health support provided by the inquiry.