ARCHIVED - Engagement Sessions on Changes to the Indian Act affecting Indian Registration and Band Membership (McIvor v. Canada)

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From August to November 2009, AANDC held engagement sessions on Canada's proposed approach regarding a legislative amendment to the Indian Act affecting Indian Registration and Band membership.

These sessions were part of the Government's response to ruling by the Court of Appeal for British Columbia (April 2009) in the case of McIvor v. Canada that the Indian Act discriminates between men and women in regard to registration as an Indian. As a result, the Act had to be amended.


Twelve engagement sessions were held across Canada with representatives from Aboriginal organizations, Aboriginal women's groups, and regional organizations. AANDC also held three co-sponsored national sessions with the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, Native Women's Association of Canada and the National Association Friendship Centres. Canadians were also invited to submit written comments, resulting in over 150 written submissions.

AANDC officials reviewed the input from each session, as well as all written submissions when drafting the resulting legislation, the Gender Equity in Indian Registration Act.



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