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Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples on Bill C-92, An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families, with amendments and observations

Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples on Bill C-92, An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families, with amendments and observations

Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples on Bill C-92, An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families, with amendments and observations

Hon. Lillian Dyck moved the adoption of the report.

She said: Honourable senators, I’m going to make a few brief remarks about the amendment passed by the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples just today.

The committee passed an amendment that broadened the definition of child and family services by including adoption services, reunification services, and post-majority transition services.

The committee passed an amendment to deal more clearly with any conflict or inconsistency in this legislation, and the provision of Nunavut legislation in relating to child and family services. It allows for the territorial legislation that provides a level of service for an Indigenous child that meets or exceeds the level of service provided by Bill C-92, that the territorial law will prevail.

The committee passed an amendment that recognizes and affirms the inherent right to self-government in the body of this act.

The committee passed an amendment that provides greater accountability of health care facility, health care provider and social workers in regard to their action before removing the child from his or her family.

The committee also passed an amendment that if a child is at risk of being placed on the basis of the socio-economic condition of the child’s parent or care provider, positive efforts must be taken to remediate any neglect.

The committee passed an amendment that required the minister to establish an advisory committee to advise and assist the minister on matters concerning child and family services that relate to Indigenous children and to individuals to whom those services are provided.

The committee also passed an amendment requiring the minister, when undertaking the five-year review of the act, must specifically study the adequacy and methods of funding and assess whether the funding has been sufficient to support the needs of Indigenous children and their families.

Finally, the committee passed an amendment to include a mention of the unique circumstances and needs of Indigenous parents in the preamble. Thank you.