Committee undertakes a Study on Bill C-44, An Act to Amend the Canadian Human Rights Act

    OTTAWA, April 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Bill C-44, An Act to amend the Canadian
Human Rights Act, is currently before Parliament and is making its way through
the legislative process. If enacted, Bill C-44 will repeal section 67 of the
Canadian Human Rights Act. Since 1977, this provision has prevented First
Nations people from lodging complaints of discrimination against the federal
and First Nations governments in relation to acts and decisions authorized by
the Indian Act. On 21 February 2007, following second reading debate, the
House of Commons referred Bill C-44 to the House of Commons Standing Committee
on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.
    The Committee began its study of the legislation on 22 March 2007, when
the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development appeared to present
the government's views on the need to eliminate section 67. The Committee has
scheduled meetings with the Assembly of First Nations and the Native Women's
Association of Canada, and others. Committee members know that the progress of
Bill C-44 is a matter of great interest to those that stand to be affected by
the legislation. Accordingly, on 27 March 2007, the Committee decided to
invite written submissions to gain a better appreciation of how First Nations
people and their community governments view the repeal of section 67 and, in
particular, the impact of repeal in their communities. Written submissions are
considered public information.
    Those wishing to present written submissions on Bill C-44 for the
Committee's consideration should mail them to the Committee clerk at the
address below no later than 1 May 2007. Guidelines on the preparation of
submissions to a House of Commons Committee may be requested from the clerk,
or consulted at

For further information:

For further information: Bonnie Charron, Clerk of the Standing Committee
on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, (613) 996-1173,

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