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Bill passes to end discrimination in the Indian Act



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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.

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7 Responses to “Bill passes to end discrimination in the Indian Act”

  1. wtbird@hotmail.com'
    Lester Howse December 6, 2017 at 10:32 pm #

    It may be presented as discriminatory but should you trace it’s real purpose back to 1876, you’ll see clearly that its intended purpose was to terminate women’s ability to take their real place and govern the tribe as Indian people chosen clanmothers….think Indian think….

  2. yvonne.wuttunee@gmail.com'
    Yvonne Wuttunee December 6, 2017 at 10:48 pm #

    The Indigenous Peoples of North America have always treated woman with respect and honored their input into discussions. This has been the Native way to live for a thousand years. Then came the Government of Canada and immediately said with brilliance “Native women can”t
    be Native women any longer.” Yes they all agreed in a moment of supreme wisdom. Hence Native women lost their Treaty Status when they married a white man. But brilliance overtook them again, and white woman became Treaty Status if they married an Indian man.
    Now the government of Canada overruled that decision Monday evening and voted so Indian woman could be Indian women again.
    Brilliance in its finest hour.

    • lonesomebilly@me.com'
      JW December 7, 2017 at 9:26 pm #

      Yes but those white women who attained status then divorced the men before 1986 still retain their status and yes full Status.

  3. nvillebrun@hotmail.com'
    Noeline December 7, 2017 at 12:58 am #

    Interesting to see how they will enforce Bill C31 still a problem. Whole Act is a problem. We are humans not an ACT.

  4. kmin7@telus.net'
    Clarence Mineault December 7, 2017 at 1:19 am #

    Does this include women who are deceased? My mother passed away in 1979.

    • lonesomebilly@me.com'
      J December 7, 2017 at 9:27 pm #

      Her Status or entitlement should be traced I would think

  5. sappblairj@Gmail.com'
    Blair Sapp Sr December 10, 2017 at 4:05 pm #

    TheFederal government’s own rules about status will mean that no government~recognized First Nations people will be left in a few years, they’re literally annihilating us in a very subtle and yet wide open way

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