Katherine Hensel will be appeared before the Senate on Bill C-75 and Bill C-92

Katherine Hensel Speaking before the Senate

Katherine Hensel Speaking before the Senate

On May 9, 2019, principal lawyer Katherine Hensel appeared before Senate committees to make submissions regarding two different bills.

Katherine appeared on behalf of the Indigenous Bar Association before the Senate Legal Affairs Committee on Bill C-75: An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Youth Criminal Justice Act and other Acts and to make consequential amendments to other Acts. The focus of Katherine’s submissions are on the disproportionate effects of the proposed amendments to the Criminal Code on Indigenous people accused of serious criminal offences.

Katherine appeared again on May 9, 2019 as an expert in Indigenous child welfare to make submissions on Bill C-92: An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families. Katherine’s submissions were made alongside Kukpi7 Wayne Christian, National Chief of the Shuswap National Tribal Council and Kukpi7 of Splats’in First Nation. Katherine made submissions before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs on the Bill’s contemplated recognition and affirmation of the jurisdiction of Indigenous nations and communities over the well-being and protection of their children, and measures to improve the content of the Bill to ensure its effectiveness.

A video recording of Katherine’s Bill C-75 appearance can be viewed here https://bit.ly/2vUc1NM .

An audio recording of Katherine’s Bill C-92 appearance can be heard here https://bit.ly/2W1JPXW .