Witnesses Who Appeared Before the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development

My favourite witness as I analyzed the transcripts of the meetings of the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development was Roberta Jamieson, CEO from Indspire (formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation) who participated on October 4, 2006. I was moved by her testimony that emphasized the long-term impacts of the policy decisions related to Aboriginal postsecondary education.

She warned that “if Canada leaves first nations, Métis, and Inuit youth on the sidelines for another generation, while it recruits internationally for workers, that’s a recipe for both tragedy and trouble.”

She also stated:

If our students struggle through their childhood to get to the point where they can go on to advanced training, advanced education, and then find that the resources aren’t there for them to move on, the tragedy is so painful we simply cannot allow it to happen. In Canada today, no first nation, Métis, or Inuit young person should be prevented from going on to post-secondary training or education because of lack of financial resources.

Here is a table from my thesis that shows the witnesses who appeared before the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development during their study of postsecondary education.

Appendix B: Witnesses Who Appeared Before the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development

Date of Meeting

Organizations and Witnesses

Witnesses

May 10, 2006  

Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

 

 

Daniel Richard

Eric Guimond

Sarah Ginnish

Sasha Senécal

 

May 15, 2006  

Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

 

 

Caroline Davis

Warren Johnson

Paul LeBlanc

Allan Macdonald

Audrey Stewart

May 29, 2006  

Office of the Auditor General of Canada

 

 

Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

 

 

 

Department of Health

 

 

Ronnie Campbell

Sheila Fraser

Glenn Wheeler

Caroline Davis

Paul LeBlanc

Mary Quinn

Ian Potter

 

May 31, 2006  

Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

 

Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

 

Jim Prentice

 

 

Micheal Wernick

Caroline Davis

Paul Leblanc

 

June 5, 2006  

Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

 

Fred Caron

Paul LeBlanc

Mary Tobin Oates

Line Paré

 

June 7, 2006  

Assembly of First Nations

 

 

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami of Canada

 

 

 

Phil Fontaine

Richard Jock

Angus Toulouse

Bob Watts

 

Richard Paton

 

June 12, 2006  

Native Women’s Association of Canada

Congress of Aboriginal Peoples

 

 

Anita Olsen-Harper

 

Patrick Brazeau

 

June 14, 2006  

National Association of Friendship Centres

 

 

Peter Dinsdale

 

June 19, 2006  

First Nations Children and Family Caring Society of Canada

 

 

Cindy Blackstock

 

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