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Observers eager to see bills on Indigenous languages, child services passed, but legislative time-crunch a cause for concern

By Laura Ryckewaert      

Changes to address Indigenous language loss and child welfare are seen as ‘high priority,’ but with calls for broad amendments, the short timeframe left to pass bills C-91 and C-92 is a source of frustration for some.

Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O'Regan, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Métis National Council President Clément Chartier, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Natan Obed, and Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett. All five have a stake in the success of a pair of bills introduced by the government last month. The Hill Times file photographs by Andrew Meade, Sam Garcia

Ten weeks remain before Parliament rises, and two long-awaited bills on Indigenous languages and child welfare remain in the early stages of the legislative process, with many observers eager to see them passed and others concerned a late-stage rush could mean less openness to broader changes being called for.

Laura Ryckewaert

Laura Ryckewaert moved to Ottawa from Toronto roughly eight years ago to study a bachelor of journalism at Carleton University. She's been a reporter at The Hill Times since the end of June 2011.
- lryckewaert@hilltimes.com


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