On December 12, 2019, the Prime Minister announced his new team of parliamentary secretaries. Pam Damoff, Member of Parliament for Oakville North-Burlington, was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services, the Hon. Marc Miller.
Parliamentary secretaries act as an important link between ministers and Parliamentarians, working closely with their colleagues to deliver real, positive results for all Canadians. They help advance government legislation, engage directly with Canadians on key government initiatives, and represent the government in Canada and internationally.
“It is an honour to have been appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Service, and I am humbled by the trust placed in me by the Prime Minister and excited by the new role,” said Damoff, who served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health in the last Parliament. “I’ve had the privilege to work with Marc during our first term on a number of issues. In our new roles, I am excited about what we can accomplish in partnership with First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples from sea to sea to sea.”
In 2015, the newly-elected Liberal government promised a renewed relationship with Indigenous Peoples. Since then, the Liberal government has eliminated 87 long-term drinking water advisories, passed legislation to protect Indigenous languages and affirm Indigenous jurisdiction over child and family services, and oversaw the completion of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The Throne Speech of the 43rd Parliament, which was delivered by the Governor General in the Senate of Canada on December 5th, highlighted the importance of continuing this work. The Throne speech lays out the government’s priorities in this regard, including working with Indigenous communities to close the infrastructure gap by 2030, continuing to work to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, and developing new legislation to ensure that Indigenous people have access to high-quality, culturally-relevant healthcare and mental health services.