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Liberals show signs of compromise over Indian status – Winnipeg Free Press
by ahnationtalk onAugust 10, 2017135 Views
OTTAWA — The federal Liberals might yield to a Manitoba-led Senate standoff over who qualifies for Indian status.
In a Montreal court Wednesday, the government sought another six months to respond to an August 2015 court decision, which ruled the Indian Act discriminates by withholding Indian status from women who marry non-Indigenous men, as well as their descendants.
The court had already extended a deadline to fix the law, at which point Indian Act registration would shut down in Quebec.
David Schulze, the plaintiff’s lawyer, said Wednesday the judge will decide on the request “in a matter of days or weeks” and has granted a safeguard order, extending Indian-status registry until the judgment.
The proceedings come as more senators join two of their Manitoba colleagues in pushing for a more robust bill, one that Ottawa has spent months opposing but is now studying, the Free Press has learned.