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Update Indian Act but don’t throw it out, Harper says – CBC News

by NationTalk on January 24, 2012657 Views

Update Indian Act but don’t throw it out, Harper says

First Nations national chief calls act ‘painful obstacle’

By Laura Payton, CBC News Posted: Jan 24, 2012

The government will modernize the Indian Act, which is too entrenched to get rid of entirely, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Tuesday in a gathering of Canada’s First Nations chiefs.

“To be sure, our government has no grand scheme to repeal or to unilaterally rewrite the Indian Act,” Harper said in his opening speech.

“After 136 years, that tree has deep roots. Blowing up the stump would just leave a big hole.”

But there are creative, collaborative ways to change it in real and practical ways, he said at a one-day gathering of government and First Nations chiefs in Ottawa, with consultation between the government, the provinces and First Nations communities.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/01/24/pol-crown-first-nations-tuesday.html?cmp=rss

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