Indigenous Senators Voice Distrust With Gov’t After Bill S-3 Clears Senate – Huffington Post Canada

by ahnationtalk on November 13, 2017212 Views

“It feels like we are in another situation of take-it-or-leave-it legislation.”

OTTAWA — Indigenous senators suggested this week that the federal government can’t be trusted to follow through with sweeping changes that remove sex-based status discrimination from the Indian Act.

“Promises were made in 1985 and 2010 to eliminate all female sex discrimination in status. And those promises were not kept,” Independent Liberal Sen. Lillian Eva Dyck told HuffPost Canada.

A majority of senators passed the latest iteration of Bill S-3 on Thursday, adding compromise amendments that could restore Indian status to Indigenous women who married non-Indigenous men prior to 1951 — the year the Indian register came into effect.

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