Aboriginal & Treaty Rights

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What is Aboriginal Identity?
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What is a Non-Status Indian?
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Aboriginal Citizenship or Membership in Bands?
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Amendments to the Indian Act’s Registration (Status) Provisions

What is Aboriginal Identity?

That is both an easy question and a tough one all at the same time. It is an easy question because identity is generally about self-identification – i.e., you are who you say you are. It is also a tough question because one’s identity can also be reinforced or damaged by whether one’s identity is[…]

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What is a Non-Status Indian?

What is a Non-Status Indian? People ask me this question nearly everyday. Some people think Non-Status Indians are really just Métis people – those with mixed Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal ancestry. Others think that a Non-Status Indian is any person who is not registered under the Indian Act as an “Indian” – i.e. they are not[…]

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Aboriginal Citizenship or Membership in Bands?

There are many Aboriginal leaders and community members from all over Canada who are fighting on our behalf to protect our culture and identity for the future. There is never just one person dedicating their time, effort and “free” time to these issues. It is impossible to list them all in one blog. However, there[…]

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Amendments to the Indian Act’s Registration (Status) Provisions

The federal government appears to be pursuing a course of amendments to the Indian Act’s registration (status) provisions that will not address all of the gender discrimination raised by Sharon McIvor in her court case (McIvor v. Canada). It would seem that the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC, the honourable Chuck Strahl,[…]

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