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Aboriginals in Canada

“Apparently we have administered the vast territories of the north in an almost continuing absence of mind.”
Louis Saint-Laurent (12th Prime Minister of Canada)

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Canada

Unconditional – MP recalls his early understanding of the Indian Act

by Derek Cornet

Nine years after three British colonies merged to become the Dominion of Canada, the Indian Act was drawn up to guide the newly formed government’s relationship with First Nation communities across the land. 667 more words

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Unconditional II – MP’s private members bill becomes law

by Derek Cornet

First Nations have a special relationship with the federal government because of the Indian Act. The Act legislatively made First Nations people wards of the Canadian state, which gave parliament the power to draft laws that effected their day-to-day lives. 777 more words

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Unconditional III – Northern leaders find issues with MP’s bill

by Derek Cornet

Four months before Desnethé–Missinippi–Churchill River MP Rob Clarke introduced Bill C-428 in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Stephen Harper told those gathered at a special Crown-First Nations meeting in Ottawa there could be room for modernization of the Indian Act. 588 more words

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Unconditional IV – Bill C-428 seen as one for all, all for one

by Derek Cornet

Points of view clash in this final installment of a four-part series focusing on Desnethé–Missinippi–Churchill River MP Rob Clarke’s private member’s bill. Critics bring Clarke’s intent and motive for the bill to the foreground and question whether Bill C-428 serves the people or serves the MP. 610 more words

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Abolishing the Indian Act and the reserve system.

Michael Den Tandt’s recent piece in the National Post provides an explanation as to why Canada should abolish the Indian Act and the reserve system entirely. 1,353 more words