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NDP MP Romeo Saganash says speaking Indigenous languages in Parliament is a ‘right’

By Jolson Lim      

Mr. Saganash said before he arrived to Ottawa as an NDP MP in 2011, there was never a Cree word for 'Member of Parliament.'

NDP MP Romeo Saganash appears as a witness before the House Procedure and Affairs Committee on Ottawa on March 20. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

NDP MP Romeo Saganash addressed the House Procedure and Affairs Committee in his native Cree language on Tuesday to call for the right to speak Indigenous languages in Parliament and have the words properly translated in French and English, calling it a “constitutional and human right.”

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