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Sen. Lillian Dyck said this will lead to something "wonderful."
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A version of Bill S-3, An Act to Amend the Indian Act, would result in a number of new status Indians. But how many, really?
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When members of Parliament and senators borrow, assimilate, or adopt gender-neutral language such as "unstated parentage" or "unnamed parent" when the discrimination is anything but, they potentially approve legislation that harms mothers and babies.
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She admitted time constraints caused mistakes and for less engagement with First Nations than she would have liked.
The court aims to restore harmony, rather than just punish.
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A First Nations person on reserve does not enjoy fee simple ownership and does not have the same property rights as all other Canadians who live off reserve. According to the Indian Act, First Nations reserve land is held in trust for on-reserve members by the federal government -- essentially making on-reserve First Nations people wards of the state.
The process for determining who is aboriginal in Canada is complicated.
A small First Nations community called Whitecap Dakota, located just outside of Saskatoon, has a lot to celebrate on National Aboriginal Day. When Chief Darcy Bear took office the unemployment rate on reserve was 70 per cent, with the support of his council and community, Chief Bear has brought the unemployment rate down to five per cent.
OTTAWA - There are a couple of national discussions that few governments want to risk political capital to wade into — one is the Constitution, the other is the Indian Act.Conservative MP Rob Clarke d...
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As international champions of democracy and with so much debate over federal election reforms, how would you expect our elected officials to react when democratic rights are being stifled in First Nations communities in Canada? Unfortunately, in recent weeks, they've responded with neglect and evasion.
First Nations are looking for an educational system adapted to their realities and their culture. Unfortunately, the federal government's new approach seems to be based on the view that band councils are the problem and provincial school boards (or bodies like them) are the solution. But the evidence shows the government will not be able to solve the problems experienced by schools on-reserve simply by handing responsibility for them over to new or different institutions. The students will remain in the same communities with the same challenges.
OTTAWA - The federal government will appeal a landmark Federal Court ruling which would vastly expand the ranks of people considered Indians under the Constitution.After more than 13 years of legal wr...
The Indian Act is the most glaringly anti-democratic impediment to Indigenous self-government. Although they are elected, Chief and Council have no democratic authority to govern because they are constrained from above by the Act rather than from below by their people. The arrangement is insultingly arbitrary.
OTTAWA - An influential lobby group with close ties to the federal Conservatives is recommending that Ottawa ditch the Indian Act and give First Nations more control over their land in order to end ab...
In the wake of the Idle No More protests that have blocked railway lines and have hinted at more mischief, multiple grievances have been advanced in place of clear-headed analyses. But none of the slogans, clichés and guilt-tripping get to the bottom of why some aboriginals, especially on reserves, are in a sorry state. Fundamental problems with how reserves are run — and the unsustainable nature of some of those rural collectives — is what protesters should ponder.
OTTAWA - Thanks to a single court decision, the federal government's responsibilities for Canada's Aboriginal Peoples have suddenly become a whole lot bigger.After more than 13 years of legal wranglin...
FORT HOPE FIRST NATION, Ont. - Charlie Okeese says he has a better idea for First Nations than protesting in city streets with banners and drums.Like the Idle No More protesters, the band councillor f...
OTTAWA - The Conservatives flatly rejected an effort by the Liberals on Monday to add some structure to the continuing debate about how to repeal the Indian Act.The contentious legislation, dating fro...
Seven-year-old Ruby wanted to do a class presentation about Indian residential schools, but was informed by her teacher the topic was inappropriate. Ruby's parents sat with their daughter and talked about what happened. Ruby usually loved school, but she started saying that she didn't want to go back.
For aboriginals, being mentioned at all in a mainstream work of fiction is rare enough. Sci-fi writer Robert J. Sawyer actual knows something about our traditions. How many of you were taught that all aboriginal people were nomadic?
The Gitxsan Nation want to be Canadians with no special status and enjoying all the rights that the rest of us take for granted; they do not want to be handcuffed under the arcane auspices of the Indian Act; and they want to be able to unlock their economies by developing their lands and resources under the laws of Canada.
The Indian Act -- an arcane law of our Parliament as old as Canada itself that institutionalizes apartheid on our soil -- makes it impossible for Ottawa's paternalistic iron grip of dependency to be loosened. Making action more difficult are the few Aboriginal "leaders" that make a very healthy living off the status quo and don't want to change it.
The fact that the plight of Aboriginal Canadians still has to be singled out for special attention in the early 21st century conclusively demonstrates the urgent need for outside-the-box thinking and new institutional structures to support good governance.