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Tuesday, 22 January 2013 17:34

What is the Indian Act

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"The great aim of our legislation has been to do away with the tribal system and assimilate the Indian people in all respects with the other inhabitants of the Dominion as speedily as they are fit to change.”

- John A Macdonald, 1887

 

The Indian Act is a far sweeping Canadian federal law that is legislated to deal with Indians, bands and reserves, a very paternalistic and colonial way to administer and regulate Indians and lands reserved for Indians.  From the beginning it took away our Nations practices in governance, culture and traditions, and states who is defined as an Indian and land base determination.

We as sovereign Nations will decide when and how replacing the Indian Act will happen

 

Legislation - The act of making or enacting laws

Paternalism - A policy or practice of treating or governing people in a fatherly manner especially by providing for thier needs without giving them rights or responsibilities.

Colonialism - Control by system or policy or governing influence of a territory or people.

Sovereignty - Free from external control.  supreme power and authority to govern itself.

 

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