How the Indian Act has Shaped Native Identity


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How the Indian Act has Shaped Native Identity
November 23, 2011
At the heart of the readings are a number of questions related to agreements made and who should benefit from the Treaties of 1760-61 made between Canada and the Aboriginal people. What I found confusing was that there were classifications and labels given to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians who were unwilling or unable to register as Indians without having Aboriginal ancestry (Palmater, 2000). I wondered if the intention of the Indian Act was to have non-Indians register as Indians (unlikely) or if, more likely, there was a loophole in the language of the Indian Act which allowed people, mainly many women, to register and receive the benefits of status or...
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