Canada – Removing Gender Inequality From Indian Act Is Not That Simple

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.

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  1. Jake Gittes
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    The USA is gearing up for their own efforts on missing native Women…

    http://www.niwrc.org/resource-topic/missing-and-murdered-native-women

    I wonder if it will fall apart in the USA as it did in Canada?

    * The actual unsolved/disappearance rate over the last 30 years, is not different from the general population.
    * The people appearing in front of the hearing, brought no new evidence, it was generally “grievance testimony”, hearsay, and anecdote.
    * The turnover in staff on the commission, as everyone was reveled to be “racist” essentially ground it to a halt….

    The typical story (and you see it in the local TB news) is a early teen girl heads to TB (or Winnipeg, etc.) and runs out of money soon after getting off the bus. They then fall in with “the wrong crowd”, and unfortunately end up on the expendable list of whatever goes down on the street. Six weeks go by, and an aunt (never a parent, or sibling, it seems) notices they are missing, and calls the city police…..By then, the trail is stone cold. Police will of course tell you the first 24 hours after a person goes missing is most critical in learning what happened…When the police ask around, they are stonewalled for cooperation/information, and then drop it as there are no leads…The police then get a reputation for not “caring”….

    Sad, all around..

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