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Feds planning to keep Indian Act despite opposition from First Nations leaders – Toronto Sun

by NationTalk on January 6, 2012402 Views

Feds planning to keep Indian Act despite opposition from First Nations leaders

BY KRISTY KIRKUP, PARLIAMENTARY BUREAU
FIRST POSTED: THURSDAY, JANUARY 05, 2012

OTTAWA – The government doesn’t plan to scrap the Indian Act, despite loud cries from First Nations leaders and experts on indigenous affairs.

“Getting rid of it at this particular point is not a specific agenda item,” said Greg Rickford, the parliamentary secretary to Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan.

The MP from Kenora, Ont., says the government’s priority right now is to modernize parts of the 136-year-old statute.

“We are making big strides and agree in consensus with First Nations leadership that there’s got to be ways that communities and First Nations leadership can circumvent or get out from underneath the Indian Act,” he said.

Read more: http://www.torontosun.com/2012/01/05/feds-planning-to-keep-indian-act-despite-opposition-from-first-nations-leaders

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