Dear friends,

I was appointed to the Senate of Canada in the spring of 2005 by former Prime Minister Paul Martin. In my naiveté, I decided to become a New Democratic Party (NDP) senator, but was immediately rejected by the leader of the NDP, Jack Layton. The federal NDP did not know me as I had not been politically and publicly active and they had not bothered to contact me to enquire about my senate appointment. In fact, they did not do their homework to find out that I was a First Nations, First Generation Chinese, Feminist, Scientist and Senior University Administrator. The NDP would not allow me to join their caucus, but the NDP women did invite me to their meetings. After a year or so, I changed my designation to Independent NDP and then in 2009, I joined the Liberal caucus.

As a Liberal Senator, I have had a greater opportunity to advocate for First Nations interests, Chinese-Canadian issues, mental health issues and promoting the role of women and Aboriginals in science.

It is an honor and a privilege to serve as a Liberal member of the Canadian Senate. I hope that the information provided on my home page about my activities in the Canadian Senate and the services I can provide will be of benefit to the people of the Province of Saskatchewan and all Canadians.

Thank you for visiting my office via the Internet! My staff and I look forward to hear from you!

Miigwetch, Thank you, Merci, Xie Xie

Lillian Eva(Quan) Dyck, Ph.D., D. Litt.
Senator

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Fall-Winter 2014 Items to Watch:

  1.  Bill C-33: The First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act

·         Was put on hold in June after National Chief Atleo resigned.

·         Will the Minister of AANDC soften his stance and agree to meet with FN leaders to negotiate a new, fair funding formula for FN education and/or negotiate a mutually acceptable FN education act?

2.  Public inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

·         The AFN and NWAC will continue to push the federal government to conduct a national commission of inquiry and are considering a court challenge. 

·         Will this possibility cause the federal government to agree to launch such an inquiry?

3.  Fallout from Bill C-27: First Nations Financial Transparency and Accountability Act

·         In early August, media attention was focused on the high salaries of a few chiefs and council members. 

·         Prior to passage of the act, FNs were required to share this information with their band members and with AANDC.  If FN members could not get the salary information, the department could have given it to them.  Now the salary information has to be posted on the web for anyone to view.

·         When will the other issue of compulsory posting of the private business information of FNs receive media attention?  Will FNs have to take the federal government to court to challenge this contravention of their privacy?

·         The deadline for website posting of financial information by FNs has been extended by 120 days.   Will there be continued resistance?  Will the Minister actually cut off funding to any FN who refuses to comply?

4.  Tsilhqot’in First Nation Supreme Court of Canada Decision

  In the recent Supreme Court on the Tsilhqot’in First Nation title claim, the Court for the first time has recognized a First Nation’s title to a specific tract of land. It additionally outlined conditions that need to be in order for economic development projects to go ahead on title land. The government must either have the consent of the titled First Nation or the government would have to make the case that development is pressing and substantial and meet its fiduciary duty to the aboriginal group.

  How will this affect new legislation?  Will the federal government undertake to consult and accommodate FNs meaningfully during the drafting of legislation that affects FNs?  Will the federal government seek the free, prior and informed consent of FNs?

 

  Older Items:
  1. Suspension of Senators Brazeau, Wallin and Duffy. "Saskatchewan reacts to Senate Suspensions," Newstalk 650 Saskatchewan

Senator Dyck's Speeches in Chamber on Suspension motions, Click Here and Here

   

2. First Nations Education Act Draft Proposal released. Click Here

With no promises to equalize on and off reserve funding for K-12 education, how effective can it be?

 

 

Previous Posts:

  1. Three Big Myths about the Senate Expenses and Residency Scandals. Click Here

2.  The recent and ongoing tsunami of news articles on allegedly improper expense and travel claims by Senators Duffy, Wallin, Harb and Brazeau have created a public uproar, and rightfully so.  It should be noted that there are rules and policies which outline acceptable practices for reimbursement of a senator's travel and expenses.  Unfortunately there has been no real mention of these rules in the media; therefore, I have prepared a FAQs document to address some of the questions that emerge when examining the expenses scandals. Please Click Here

   
 

3.  The recent memos from Senate Protective Services regarding protests on Parliament Hill revealed a bias against Aboriginal protestors.  This was reported in the Star Phoenix newspaper on Jun 24, 2013. Click Here to read my posted comments on the issue.

4. The new NTA (National Treaty Alliance) is a good idea; it's exciting, positive. Click Here to read more.

 
 

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