In this episode we put Bill S-3 In Focus.
That’s the legislation currently in front of the Senate that, if passed, will end sex discrimination in the Indian Act.
Its aim is to restore full legal status to First Nations women and their children who were not eligible before.
When that happens, thousands of people will become eligible for Treaty status.
Reporter Todd Lamirande gave us an explanation as to what it means right now, and where the bill still has to go.
And Jeannette Corbiere-Lavell came in studio to talk about the very first court case she launched challenging sex discrimination in the Act 47 years ago.
Chief Rick O’Bomsawin of Odanak at the Akamaki First Nation in Quebec weighed in on the current court cases.
And Donna Partridge joined us from Big Island Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan to talk about her struggles in getting her status.
It’s a discussion not going away anytime soon, and it’s a discussion worthy of continuing.