Federal-Provincial Conference of First Ministers, Report of the Continuing Committee of Ministers on the Constitution to First Ministers, Annex (8-12 September 1980)


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Date: 1980-09-08
By: Continuing Committee of Ministers
Citation: Federal-Provincial Conference of First Ministers, Report of the Continuing Committee of Ministers on the Constitution to First Ministers, Annex (Ottawa: 8-12 September 1980).
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DOCUMENT: 800-14/
CONFIDENTIAL
FEDERAL—PROVINCIAL CONFERENCE
OF
FIRST MINISTERS
Report of the Continuing Committee of Ministers
on the Constitution to First Ministers
ANNEX
Results of the Meeting of the CCMC Sub-Committee
with the Leadership of the Three National Native Organizations
August 26, 1980
Ottawa
September 8-12, 1980

Q Meeting of the CCMC Sub-Committee
with the Leadership of the NIB, NCC and ICNI
l. On August 26, 1980, a Sub—Committee of the
CCMC met with the leadership of the NIB, NCC, and ICNI. ‘
This meeting was arranged in response to the CCMC Record
of Decisions of June l7, 1980, Agenda Item 4(a).
attendance at that meeting were the Ministers
who form the Sub—Committee: Messrs. Jean Chrétien (who
acted as Chairman), Roy Romanow, Gerald Mercier, and
Dick Johnston; other members of the CCMC who were able to
attend: Messrs. Edmund Morris, Rodman Logan, Claude Morin, –
Thomas Wells, and Garde Gardom; and, officials representing
Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island. The delegations
of the Native organizations were led by Messrs. Del Riley
(President) and Sykes Powderface (Vice—President) in the
case of the NIB; Mr. Charlie Watt (Co—Chairman) of the
ICNI; and Messrs. Harry Daniels (President) and Louis Bruyére
(Vice—Presid:nt) of the NCC.
2. In
3. The leaders of the Native organizations presented
briefs to the Sub—Committee. These documents were circulated
to the CCMC and are attached to this report. It should be
noted that the NIB tabled three submissions (numbered 830~85/0
004 and O05). ‘
4. The CCMC agreed:
a) To communicate to First Ministers the views
of the leaders of each of the three organizations.
To confirm the invitation to the national Native
organizations to attend the September meetings
with First Ministers as observers. (This is the
same as the status they had at the October 1978
and February 1979 meetings, and means that they
would be able to observe all public sessions of
the Conference.) (
b)
To recommend to First Ministers, as per their
agreement of February 1979, that the item
“Canada’s Native Peoples and the Constitution”
be on the agenda in the future round of V
negotiations and that Native leaders be able
to meet with First Ministers at the negotiation
table at that time, as a step in the consideration
of this item. _
c)
To recommend to First Ministers that Native ~
leaders be free to raise any of their
constitutional concerns under the heading
of “Canada’s Native Peoples and the Constitution”.
Those discussions could lead to constitutional
changes. Whatever might be deciced at the
September meeting of First Ministers would not
preclude subsequent constitutional changes which
reflect Natives‘ concerns.
d)
e) To confirm the invitation to Native leaders
by the Chairman of the-Sub—Committee meeting to
have them meet with the Chairman of the CCMC
Sub»Committee of Officials on the Preamble to
discuss the content of a possible constitutional
preamble.
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