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Canada is working to eliminate known sex-based discrimination in the Indian Act.
“For decades, Indigenous women have fought to eliminate sex-based discrimination in the Indian Act. We honour their work, and are fully committed to eliminating known sex-based discrimination in the Act, in full partnership with First Nations,” explained Carolyn Bennett, minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs.
The government will work to fix long-standing grievances that people have with the Indian Act.
Bennett announced that there will be a two-staged approach to these changes.
In the first stage, the Government of Canada will work with Indigenous people and organizations to figure out what amendments to the Indian Act need to happen.
Stage two will see Indigenous people come together to design a process to talk about the broader and systemic issues related to Indian registration, membership and citizenship for First Nations, Metis and non-status Indians.