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Motion 23-12(7): Legislative Assembly's Request For Senate Public Hearings On Bill C-68
Item 14: Notices Of Motions

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John Ningark Natilikmiot

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I give notice that on Monday, June 19, 1995, I will move the following motion: I move, seconded by the honourable Member for Inuvik, that the Legislative Assembly express dissatisfaction with Bill C-68, and indicate to the Senate of Canada that the amendment made to Bill C-68 does not satisfy the concerns of aboriginal people and other residents of the Northwest Territories; further, that the Legislative Assembly call upon the Senate of Canada to hold public hearings in the Northwest Territories on Bill C-68 so that the residents of the Northwest Territories will have the opportunity to directly express concerns regarding a matter of considerable importance to the people of the north.

And, Mr. Speaker, at the appropriate time, I will be seeking unanimous consent to deal with my motion today. Thank you.

---Applause

Motion 23-12(7): Legislative Assembly's Request For Senate Public Hearings On Bill C-68
Item 14: Notices Of Motions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 14, notices of motion. Item 15, notices of motions for first reading of bills. Item 16, motions. Mr. Ningark.

Motion 23-12(7): Legislative Assembly's Request For Senate Public Hearings On Bill C-68
Item 14: Notices Of Motions

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John Ningark Natilikmiot

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I seek consent to deal with my motion at this time.

Motion 23-12(7): Legislative Assembly's Request For Senate Public Hearings On Bill C-68
Item 14: Notices Of Motions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

The Member for Natilikmiot is seeking unanimous consent to deal with this motion today. Do we have any nays? There are no nays. Proceed, Mr. Ningark.

Motion 23-12(7): Legislative Assembly's Request For Senate Public Hearings On Bill C-68, Carried
Item 16: Motions

June 15th, 1995

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John Ningark Natilikmiot

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Thank you, colleagues.

WHEREAS hunting wildlife and marine mammals for food is a fundamental characteristic of the way of life for many people in the Northwest Territories;

AND WHEREAS many people, and particularly aboriginal people, possess firearms to hunt for food and to engage in other aspects of a traditional lifestyle; AND WHEREAS the Parliament of Canada has, on June 13, 1995, given final reading to Bill C-68, An Act Respecting Firearms and Other Weapons;

AND WHEREAS this Assembly and residents of the NWT have expressed their opposition to firearms registration and penalty provisions of Bill C-68;

AND WHEREAS the federal government proposed, and received, approval of an amendment to Bill C-68 which purports to not abrogate or derogate from aboriginal rights or treaty rights;

AND WHEREAS NWT residents remain concerned that Bill C-68, despite the amendments, totally fails to adequately recognize the realities of how people live in the Northwest Territories;

AND WHEREAS Bill C-68 will now be considered by the Senate of Canada;

NOW THEREFORE I MOVE, seconded by the honourable Member for Inuvik, that the Legislative Assembly express dissatisfaction with Bill C-68 and indicate to the Senate of Canada that the amendments made to Bill C-68 do not satisfy the concerns of aboriginal peoples and other residents of the Northwest Territories.

AND FURTHER, that the Legislative Assembly call upon the Senate of Canada to hold public hearings in the Northwest Territories on Bill C-68 so that the residents of the Northwest Territories will have the opportunity to directly express concerns regarding a matter of considerable importance to the people of the north.

Motion 23-12(7): Legislative Assembly's Request For Senate Public Hearings On Bill C-68, Carried
Item 16: Motions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you, Mr. Ningark. The motion is in order. To the motion. Mr. Ningark.

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John Ningark Natilikmiot

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Each and every Member of this Legislature knows the importance of hunting for a subsistence way of life in the north. Just about every aboriginal person in this Legislature grew up living in a camp; where every member of a community, every member of a household in an aboriginal family, uses hunting as an occupation. Mr. Speaker, when I was growing up, my sister was a hunter; my stepfather was a hunter; my stepbrother was a hunter; my uncles, my nieces, even my grandparents were hunters.

When we hunted, one of the most important parts of the equipment or tools was a firearm. When we travelled from one campsite to the other, one of the most fragile pieces of equipment on the dogsled or in the boat was a firearm. We were told over and over again by the elders that you handled a firearm as though it were loaded. You handled the firearm as though your life depended upon the firearm.

Mr. Speaker, our lives did depend on firearms at that time, and most aboriginal people in the communities across the board here still depend highly on the use of firearms; therefore -- I take it my seconder will speak on the technical nature of the firearm -- I would urge my colleagues to support the motion. Thank you.

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Item 16: Motions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you, Mr. Ningark. Seconder to the motion. Mr. Koe, to the motion.

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Fred Koe Inuvik

Qujannamiik, Mr. Speaker. I am seconding this motion because, in my travels and discussions as I travel across the north and talk to people on various issues, the issue of gun control has been front and centre. I have yet to talk to one individual that supports this new bill, C-68, the gun control law.

So the Members of this House over the past months, in the different hearings and in the federal standing committee that was dealing with the act to which Members of this House made presentations, have addressed a lot of the concerns and issues that impact the north and impact northerners.

As my colleague, the mover of the motion, stated, firearms are weapons or pieces of equipment that we use in the north as part of our lifestyles; they are very rarely used to harm other people. I am not saying that doesn't happen because we all know it does.

No one is opposed to the safe use and storage of equipment and firearms, but we are opposed to the way the bill has been introduced and the way the bill has been railroaded through the House of Commons. This is why we are asking the Senate, which is now tasked with reviewing the bill that was passed by the House of Commons, to come to the north. We are requesting that they hold public hearings and that they come to the north to talk to northerners where we live, in our home communities.

So that's why I am seconding the motion and will be supporting it. Thank you.

---Applause

Motion 23-12(7): Legislative Assembly's Request For Senate Public Hearings On Bill C-68, Carried
Item 16: Motions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. To the motion. Mr. Ningark, do you have any last comments to make?

Motion 23-12(7): Legislative Assembly's Request For Senate Public Hearings On Bill C-68, Carried
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John Ningark Natilikmiot

No, Mr. Speaker. I would request a recorded vote on the motion. Thank you.

Motion 23-12(7): Legislative Assembly's Request For Senate Public Hearings On Bill C-68, Carried
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

A recorded vote is requested. All those in favour of the motion, please stand.

Recorded Vote

Motion 23-12(7): Legislative Assembly's Request For Senate Public Hearings On Bill C-68, Carried
Item 16: Motions

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Clerk Of The House Mr. David Hamilton

Mr. Ningark, Mr. Lewis, Mr. Patterson, Mrs. Thompson, Mr. Pudlat, Mr. Dent, Mr. Ballantyne, Mr. Koe, Mr. Antoine, Mr. Pudluk, Mr. Arngna'naaq, Mr. Ng, Mr. Kakfwi, Mr. Morin, Mr. Todd, Mr. Nerysoo, Mr. Whitford.

Motion 23-12(7): Legislative Assembly's Request For Senate Public Hearings On Bill C-68, Carried
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. All those opposed, please stand. The result of the vote on the motion is in favour, 17; opposed, zero; and, abstentions, zero. This motion is carried unanimously.

---Carried

---Applause

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Item 16, motions. Item 17, first reading of bills. Item 18, second reading of bills. Item 19, consideration in committee of the whole of bills and other matters, Committee Report 11-12(7), and Bills 25 and 34, with Mr. Whitford in the chair.