Remaining Sitting Days: House of Commons = 20, Senate = 25


Bill C-262, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act

Currently in Second reading in the Senate.

On May 16, 2019, the Bill was referred to the Senate’s Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples (APPA).

Next Steps:

  • APPA is looking at 2 weeks of Committee hearings.

Bill C-91, An Act respecting Indigenous languages

The Senate’s Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples finished the evidence portion of their pre-study and released their report on April 30, 2019. View the report.

On May 16, 2019, the Bill was read a second time in the Senate.

Next Steps

  • The Bill will be referred to the Senate’s Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples (APPA)

Bill C-92, An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families

The Senate’s Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples released its pre-report (May 13, 2019). View the report.

Next Steps:

  • The House of Commons Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs will undergo a clause-by-clause consideration.
  • Report stage at the House of Commons

C-337, An Act to amend the Judges Act and the Criminal Code (sexual assault)

The Bill is sponsored by Conservative MP, Rona Ambrose, introduced and first reading in the House of Commons on February 23, 2017. It passed third reading in the House on May 15, 2017.

The Bill was read for the First time in the Senate on May 16, 2018. The Bill was read for the second time and referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on May 31, 2018. It has been stalled in Committee.

On April 10, 2019, Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh moved a motion on the House of Commons which read:

  • That, in the opinion of the House, Bill C-262, An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as well as Bill C-337, An Act to amend the Judges Act and the Criminal Code (sexual assault), are both critical pieces of legislation that have been duly passed by the House of Commons, and have been in possession of the honourable Senators for many months; that both bills should be passed into law at the earliest opportunity; and that a message be sent to the Senate to acquaint that House accordingly”.

Next Steps

  • The AFN has been advised that the Bill will be studied as soon as the Committee is finished with Bill C-58, An Act to amend the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts which is currently undergoing clause-by-clause consideration.