Nov 07, 2017
By Michael Kramer
The federal government is changing course – on its proposed legislation to end sex-based discrimination in the Indian Act.
Senator Peter Harder told the upper chamber today – the government is offering to make a change that would restore full legal status to First Nations women and their descendants – born before 1985.
Indigenous Senator Lillian Dyck was in tears in the Senate over the proposal – calling it “a very good move on the part of the government – and a giant leap forward for the legal recognition of First Nations women.”
The Senate unanimously passed a change to the bill in June – designed to ensure Indigenous women and their descendants have full Indian status – just like Indian men do.
The House of Commons did not originally accept the Senate’s proposal – with the government saying it needed more time to examine the potential impacts of the historic move.