First Nations Indian Status Court ChallengePublished on 6 November 2014 Your Question Period by Senator Sandra Lovelace Nicholas
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Hon. Sandra Lovelace Nicholas:
Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. It is one of a series of questions we have received in response to the invitation to Canadians to ask questions on their behalf.
Today my question was received from Payton Ross and Megan Debruin, two grade 8 students from Tweed Elementary School in Tweed, Ontario.
Their question is as follows:
Our class has been reading and researching about the history of residential schools in Canada. This morning we read an article from the CBC about a First Nations (Indian) status court challenge. Here is a question we have created based on what we read in the article and from our learning:
Is Canada really the last remaining country in the world to continue to use race and gender to determine the identities of indigenous peoples (e.g., First Nations)? Isn’t that violating Canada’s Constitution Act, which states men and women have the right to enjoy their cultures without arbitrary interference by the government?
Simply put: Why has the Canadian government not repealed the Indian Act?