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Quebec chief urges MPs to pass amendment to eliminate sexism in Indian Act - The Globe and Mail

12.6.17

Quebec chief urges MPs to pass amendment to eliminate sexism in Indian Act - The Globe and Mail: “They explain this big scenario that’s going to happen, so, of course, the chiefs run and they’re scared,” Rick O’Bomsawin, Chief of the Council of the Abenaki of Odanak, told a Commons committee on Tuesday. But “for a country this year that will be celebrating its 150th anniversary [to] still stand and say we can discriminate against women, I am ashamed.”

Members of Parliament are debating what to do about government legislation drafted to comply with a court order to eliminate elements of the Indian Act that make it more difficult for descendants of some women than for some men to pass Indian status on to their children and grandchildren.


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