Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett is among the witnesses as MPs hold another meeting on Bill S-3. The legislation aims to eliminate sex-based inequities in Indian status registration. The first panel is made of up the following witnesses: Canadian Bar Association members Gaylene Schellenberg and David Taylor (executive member, Aboriginal law section) and Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund representatives Kim Stanton (legal director) and Krista Nerland. Appearing as individuals are Pamela Palmater (chair in Indigenous Governance, Ryerson University), lawyer Mary Eberts and activist Ellen Gabriel.
Minister Bennett responds to questions about the government’s proposal during the second panel. Senior officials Joëlle Montminy, Candice St-Aubin and Martin Reiher also testify. Bill S-3 is the government’s response to a Quebec Superior Court ruling about discriminatory provisions in the Indian Act regarding Indian status. (December 5, 2016)