Educational programs and materials, tax sharing and health issues are some of the changes requested by the committee.
“The Committee strongly desired to proffer an amendment to implement the recommendations put forward by Indigenous organizations, however the Committee understands that the Senate is prevented from making such an amendment, since it would likely result in the appropriation of funds or a new taxation measure. It is imperative that Bill C-45 be delayed until First Nations are consulted and an amendment to the bill is codeveloped to ensure that they receive a share of the excise tax revenues.,” said the committee‘s report.
In an interview with a specialized medium, Dean said that “The federal government, provinces and territories have not done anywhere near an effective job in engaging and considering us within the process.”
The report also requests “preferential licensing system” for indigenous-led endeavors, “to ensure that interested indigenous communities have the appropriate tools to seize economic opportunities as they arise.” Isadore Day, regional chief for the Ontario Assembly of First Nations, spearheads the bill delay request.