First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde speaks during National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. iPolitics/Matthew Usherwood In what appears to be a serendipitous twist of parliamentary timing, on the very same day that the House of Commons is set to debate two separate issues of keen interest to Canada’s indigenous communities — the push for a papal apology for the role of the Catholic church in the “abuses” of the residential school system and Liberal MP Bill Casey’s proposal to develop a national strategy for the return of Aboriginal cultural property — Assembly of First Nations chief Perry Bellegarde is slated to share his thoughts on the use of indigenous languages in official House proceedings at PROCEDURE AND HOUSE AFFAIRS.
The committee, which is currently studying the feasibility of supporting the move through translation and interpretation services, will also hear from First Nations University Algonquin language professor Arok Wolvengrey and Ellen Gabriel .
Also on the House committee circuit today: ACCESS TO INFORMATION, PRIVACY AND ETHICS resumes its investigation of the leak of terrabytes of personal Facebook data with a panel discussion with political science professors Colin Bennett (University of Victoria) and Thierry Giasson (Laval), as well as Mozilla trust and security director Marshall Erwin .
Public Sector Integrity Commissioner Joe Friday fields questions on his office’s latest budget requests at GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS , which will also hear from Metis National Council special advisors Marc LeClair and Brian Card as part of their ongoing studies of procurement strategies for Aboriginal businesses and overall support for small and medium-sized enterprises.
INDUSTRY members hold a panel discussion with representatives from Canadian colleges, libraries and publishers, as well as the Writers’ Union of Canada, as MPs continue to examine the state of Canada’s copyright laws.
On the Senate side, SOCIAL AFFAIRS examines the potential impact of the government’s plan to legalize cannabis sales on Canadian workers, as well as overall workplace safety, with testimony from Canadian Labour Congress president Hassan Yussuff, Energy Safety Canada and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety,
Meanwhile, LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS members go behind closed doors to draft their report on the bill, which will eventually be presented to Social Affairs to aid in its consideration of possible amendments.
Committee highlights courtesy of our friends at iPoliticsINTEL .
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