In Committee from the Senate of Canada - Aboriginal Peoples – May 9, 2012
Appearances: Robert Chamberlin, Michael Mitchell, John Adams, James Ransom
The committee continues its study of Bill S-8, the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act. Chief Robert Chamberlin (the vice-president of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs) and Michael Mitchell, John Adams, and James Ransom (representatives from the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne) appear before the committee. The witnesses discuss Canada’s constitutional obligations to provide First Nations communities with clean drinking water and call for Bill S-8 to be scrapped, claiming the legislation will infringe on First Nations title land rights. They are questioned by committee members Gerry St. Germain (the chair of the committee), Lillian Eva Dyck (the deputy of the committee), David Tkachuk (Conservative), Elizabeth Hubley (Liberal), Don Meredith (Conservative), and Nick G. Sibbeston (Liberal).