Indigenous women call on government to remove gender inequality from Indian Act
On a day when all mothers are celebrated, two Indigenous women are calling on the Canadian government to ensure all mothers and grandmothers are treated equally.
Jeanette Corbiere-Lavell and her daughter Dawn Lavell-Harvard, director of the First People’s House of Learning at Trent University and president of the board for the Ontario Native Women’s Association, are calling on the federal government to enact Bill S-3 and remove sex discrimination from the Indian Act.
“On any given Tuesday, up until the last sitting of Parliament on June 21, Canada has the opportunity to right this wrong,” Corbiere-Lavell and Lavell-Harvard said in a release issued by ONWA. “This is the government’s last opportunity to finally remove sex discrimination from the Indian Act that has been there for 143 years.”
Bill S-3, which received royal assent on Dec. 12, 2017, would extend status to descendants of women who were removed from band lists or not considered Indigenous due to marriage to a non-Indigenous man dating back to 1869. – Tbnewswatch
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This was all covered back in August, 2017 (here, and here). The Liberal Government voted against their own bill because it would give anywhere from 80,000 to 2 million people status under the Indian Act. Just tracing decedents would be a task that would cost millions of dollars.
In order to vote on the bill, the cost of doing this must be known. The total cost would be astronomical.
I don’t think this country could afford it. Neither did Trudeau and the Liberals.