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Reinstatement of Status for First Nations Women

Reinstatement of Status for First Nations Women

Reinstatement of Status for First Nations Women

Hon. Sandra M. Lovelace Nicholas: 

Welcome, minister. As you know, Bill S-3 received Royal Assent, and according to your website, as of yet, there are no forms for registration for reinstatement of status for Indigenous women.

I would like to have the minister explain the delay in getting the registration form out to the women who have been waiting to finally achieve what has been denied to them for a very long time.

Hon. Jane Philpott, P.C., M.P., Minister of Indigenous Services: Thank you, honourable senator, for your question. This is certainly one of the pieces of legislation that, in the past number of years, the Senate has had a very significant impact on. I want to thank you for the improvements that were provided through your hard work on this.

I will have to inform you that this is a matter that falls under the side of Minister Bennett. As you know, she began the work on this and has continued the work related to Bill S-3. I will certainly be very pleased to pass on these concerns and make sure that her team will be able to get back to you with a further response to that.