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Ottawa to amend Indian Act, eliminate ‘discriminatory’ clauses


Stéphane Descheneaux with his three daughters, Marie-Lee, 11 , Emmy, 8, middle and right, Audrey-Ann, 13, in front of a teepee outside the Abenakis Museum Odanak Indian reserve near Sorel. Marie-France Coallier / Montreal Gazette

by Christopher Curtis, Montreal Gazette, Feb 26, 2016

In a move that could affect thousands of aboriginal people across Canada, the federal government announced Wednesday it will amend sections of the Indian Act that discriminated against the descendants of bi-racial marriages.

News of the amendments comes six months after a Quebec judge ordered the government to revise segments of the law that violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The federal government’s lawyers had immediately appealed the Aug. 3 ruling and were set to fight it in court. Read the rest of this entry