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Get sexist language out of the Indian Act: Editorial

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised a new era in relations between Canada and Indigenous peoples. As recently as August he split the Indigenous Affairs portfolio in his government in two and vowed to build a nation-to-nation relationship that would involve “moving beyond” the outdated Indian Act.

And yet the Liberal government is insisting on passing a law that fails to fully address sex discrimination in the Indian Act. It is defending a version of the bill that goes only part way and will be vulnerable to a court challenge as soon as it is passed.

Fortunately, the government is being challenged on this by members of the newly feisty Senate. They are insisting that Bill S-3, the law in question, be amended to remove........

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