MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Meeting No. 8
Tuesday, November 16, 1999
The Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development met at 12:40 p.m. this day, in Smithers, BC, Friendship Centre Society Community Hall, the Chair, Sue Barnes, presiding.
Members of the Committee present: Claude Bachand, Sue Barnes, Ray Bonin, John Finlay, Ghislain Fournier, Jim Gouk, Louise Hardy, David Iftody, Nancy Karetak-Lindell, Gerald Keddy, John O'Reilly, Mike Scott.
Other Member present: Daniel Turp.
In attendance: From the Library of Parliament: Mary Hurley; Tonina Simeone, Research Officers. From the House of Commons Committees and Legislative Services Directorate: Richard Dupuis, Legislative Clerk.
Witnesses: From the Gitanyow Nation: Glen Williams, Chief Negotiator, (Akwin Desxw); Darlene Vegh, GIS Global Information System; Debbie Good, Traditional Use Study Coordinator; Phillip Daniels, Hereditary Chief, (Gwass Hlaam); Bob Good, Hereditary Chief, (Sindihl); Greg Rush; Peter Grant, Lawyer; Timy Martin, Fisheries; Chief Ken Russell, (Hizimskue). As an individual: Jim Davidson, Former Mayor of Smithers.
Pursuant to its Order of Reference of Monday, November 1st, 1999, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-9, An Act to give effect to the Nisga'a Final Agreement (See Minutes of Proceedings, Wednesday, November 3, 1999, Meeting No. 3).
The Committee resumed consideration of Clause 2.
Glen Williams made a statement.
Darlene Vegh and Debbie Good made statements.
Phillip Daniels, Bob Good and Greg Rush made statements.
It was agreed, -That the brief presented by the Gitanyow Nation and its Appendices, be appended in its entirety and in the format as presented to today's Evidence.
Peter Grant, Legal Counsel to the Gitanyow Nation made a statement and, with Glen Williams answered questions.
At 2:30 p.m. the sitting was suspended.
At 2:33 p.m., the sitting resumed.
Jim Davidson, former Mayor of Smithers, made a statement and answered questions.
At 3:15 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.
Clerk(s) of the Committee