The government has signed off on a bill to remove sex-discrimination from the Indian Act.
Lillian Dyck, a First Nation senator from Saskatchewan, confirmed on her Facebook page the vote on the bill known as S-3 took place Monday.
“I am relieved and happy,” Dyck posted.
“It’s not perfect but we in the Senate from all caucuses will ensure that the clause implementing the removal of the 1951 cut-off gets enacted!”
Dyck is a member of the Senate’s Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, which refused to move the bill forward without an amendment to who gets status.
It introduced an amendment to eliminate the discrimination she says has been hard on Aboriginal women since the Act was introduced in 1876, by preventing them from passing their status onto their children like men do.
The government agreed to the amendment but introduced a cut-off date of 1951. That stalled the passage again until this week.
Dyck promised to keep an eye on it.
“The Senate will not allow the equality to be delayed indefinitely,” she said on Facebook.
“The government has to report back to us and to the House of Commons at five months and 12 months after consultations on implementing the inclusion of the pre-1951 group.”
The bill is now awaiting Royal Assent before it becomes law.