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Ottawa to make changes to Indian Act gender discrimination


Ottawa is working to change the Indian Act to remove rules that discriminate based on a person’s gender.

Last year the Quebec Superior Court ruled certain sections of the Indian Act determining who can pass Indian Status down to descendants violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Conservatives appealed the ruling but the Liberal government withdrew the appeal in February.

The federal government says they will amend gender discrimination latent in the Indian Act with the direct involvement of indigenous leaders.

They have until February 2017 to make those ammendments.

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