Northern Saskatchewan MP Rob Clarke has launched a website devoted to his private member’s bill to change the Indian Act.
The new site can be found by going to Clarke’s home page at www.robclarkemp.ca and clicking on the words “Private Member’s Bill”.
Once there, users can fill out a survey.
In addition to the site, Clarke says he also is planning to tour various parts of the country this summer to engage First Nations citizens face-to-face:
“Yeah, actually I’m planning to attend the communities across the country. Right now, I’ve got plans for Calgary and Edmonton and then I’m planning on going into British Columbia, as well. I’m going over to Ontario and meeting with First Nations leaders, as well.”
Clarke adds he also would like to sit down with vice-chiefs at the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations to get their input.
He has faced criticism from the FSIN and other groups about his bill.
They say First Nations need to be consulted more extensively about the legislation, which they say could have drastic effects on their governance.