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Lessons of Attawapiskat crisis: Duty to consult with First Nations is sacrosanct

In Harper’s decision to employ a consultative approach as reflected in Haida, let us hope that we can genuinely heal the festering wounds in relations with our First Nations, sowing the seeds for a genuine renaissance in which we all reap the benefits.

Photograph by Steve Gerecke, The Hill Times
Speaking up: While this crisis was spurred by the decision of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, pictured on Jan. 4 in her teepee on Victoria Island on the Ottawa River, who began her fasting a month ago in protest to the federal government’s omnibus legislation, her actions served as a catalyst to a message the Conservative government chose to conveniently ignore; when making decisions that directly impact our First Nations, the duty to consult is not optional, but a non-negotiable imperative.

 

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Lessons of Attawapiskat crisis: Duty to consult with First Nations is sacrosanct

In Harper’s decision to employ a consultative approach as reflected in Haida, let us hope that we can genuinely heal the festering wounds in relations with our First Nations, sowing the seeds for a genuine renaissance in which we all reap the benefits.

Photograph by Steve Gerecke, The Hill Times
Speaking up: While this crisis was spurred by the decision of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, pictured on Jan. 4 in her teepee on Victoria Island on the Ottawa River, who began her fasting a month ago in protest to the federal government’s omnibus legislation, her actions served as a catalyst to a message the Conservative government chose to conveniently ignore; when making decisions that directly impact our First Nations, the duty to consult is not optional, but a non-negotiable imperative.

 

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
A preview of Parliamentary precinct renos March 30, 2015

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An artist's rendering of what the outside of the Sir John A. Macdonald building will look like when construction is complete. A new addition has been built, connected to the main heritage space by a glass atrium. Public Works says work wraps up this month, aside from a few finishing touches.
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A cut-away view at the glass-walled atrium that will connect the historic Sir John A. Macdonald building space, formerly the Old Bank of Montreal building, to its annex addition.
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An artist's rendering of the interior of the Sir John A. Macdonald building's historic space, which used to house bank tellers and will soon host special Parliamentary events.
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A look at the multi-purpose room space that will be located in the new addition to the Sir John A. Macdonald building.
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A digital overhead shot of the West Block as it will look after construction. The building’s courtyard is topped by a glass-domed roof.
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The temporary House Chamber will be in an infill inside West Block’s courtyard, but MPs will be able to access the space without stepping outside, as the entire courtyard will be topped with a glass-domed roof.
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An artist’s rendering of the inside of the temporary House Chamber to be located in West Block’s courtyard.
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A rendering of a lobby area to be located near the West Block’s temporary House Chamber.
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The House of Commons is set to add 30 new MPs after this year's election, meaning 30 new seats are needed in the Chamber. Pictured is a prototype of the new seating arrangement, which will be installed in the current Chamber after this year's election. West Block's temporary House Chamber will accommodate all 338 MPs.
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A prototype of the new seating arrangement was set up in the House Chamber last year for some MPs to test out. Having theatre-style seats in the back two rows of the Chamber will allow 30 more MPs to sit in the current House Chamber.
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A blueprint of plans for the West Block, including the temporary House Chamber, which will be converted to committee space when renovations to Centre Block are complete. Workers have to dig down about two storeys to build up a foundation to support this new addition.
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West Block will have fully renovated committee rooms once complete, similar in appearance to this rendering.
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A view of part of the Wellington Building’s lobby, set to include a green wall.
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An artist’s drawing of a common space to be located in the Wellington Building.
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An example of what the Wellington Building’s committee rooms will look like, of which there will be 10 total.

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