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Nation to Nation: How band membership is determined became an issue on Parliament Hill



Todd Lamirande
Nation to Nation
On Halloween, Crown Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett sent out a letter to First Nations.

The Federal Government wants to begin consultations on membership and citizenship.

The same day the NDP brought up Bill S-3 in Question Period. It aims to end sex discrimination in the Indian Act.

But an amendment by Senator Marilou McPhedran to eliminate a cut-off date of 1951 has been rejected by the house. This with a December 22nd deadline looming.

“In my 9 years as a Member of Parliament I’ve never seen such a botched piece of legislation from start to, and we’re not at the finish line yet,” said Conservative shadow minister for Indigenous Affairs Cathy McLeod during the Nation to Nation political panel.

As well on the show, Winnipeg Member of Parliament Robert-Falcon Ouellette offered a dire warning about Indigenous languages.

“But if we don’t do anything now, probably within five years, we’re going to hit a point where we can’t go back,” he said.

And the Premier of the Northwest Territories was in Ottawa this week. Bob McLeod says the Federal Government is throttling prosperity there.

He says it is threatening economic potential and the decades-long work taken on Indigenous reconciliation.

“We don’t have reserves in the Northwest Territories. So we provide programs and services to all people. And we’re not sure how that’s going to wind up,” McLeod told host Todd Lamirande.


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7 Responses to “Nation to Nation: How band membership is determined became an issue on Parliament Hill”

  1. Barryron12@gmail.com'
    Barry November 3, 2017 at 8:35 pm #

    How as a canadia citizen am i supposed to feel a sense of equality…everybody should have to pull there own weight financially and educationally. Free taxes paid schooling sueing canada for issues that happened generations ago…..my family has been in canada for hundreds of years particpating as part of society but have never had the oppertunities that are presented to the indiginous peoples. I am held to my own accountability for my actions as is everybody else in canada who is paying for all of this. The proof is in the pudding for who wants to help towards a better future for us all and who wants handouts.

    • lahayef425@yahoo.com'
      Fern November 5, 2017 at 12:12 pm #

      and then he woke up?

    • Sepencerbonny@gmail.com'
      Bonny Spencer November 5, 2017 at 7:29 pm #

      Your white priveledge is showing. You DID NOT experience a cultural genicide at the hands of the government. Until the government stops oppressing us and makes good on all treaties there will be no reconciliation. White priveledge gets in the way. Prayers for you. By the way I have paid taxes to your government my entire adult life.

    • Kdpc8678@hotmail.com'
      Kevin November 6, 2017 at 3:11 pm #

      Unless your Acadian, french canadian, aboriginal or inuit. Your family has not been here for hundreds of years as Canada is only 150 years old.
      Your ancestors did not go though what our ancestors had to endure. Loss of land separation of families, assimilation of cultures and language’s, deportation and genocide. Your opinion is irrelevant.

    • Dc616@hotmail.com'
      Deb November 16, 2017 at 5:48 am #

      You should be thankful you or your family haven’t had to go through what First Nations people went through for those hundreds of years your family has been here. Also if you want to talk equality, let’s put First Nations on the same playing field. They were oppressed for all those hundreds of years too. Leaves them on a different playing field for sure. Just food for thought

  2. Kdpc8678@hotmail.com'
    Kevin November 6, 2017 at 3:12 pm #

    Unless your Acadian, french canadian, aboriginal or inuit. Your family has not been here for hundreds of years as Canada is only 150 years old.
    Your ancestors did not go though what our ancestors had to endure. Loss of land separation of families, assimilation of cultures and language’s, deportation and genocide. Your opinion is irrelevant.

  3. Bibiana_n39@yahoo.com'
    Bibiana November 14, 2017 at 3:19 am #

    My membership has been taken away April 2009. Due to being erroneously put on. I fought it and lost due to judge did not know about first nation policies.

    Bibiana