This short blog explains how 6(1)a Indian status, the strongest form of status, has been ascribed to Indian men, their wives, and their descendants born before 1985; yet re-instated Indian women are only ascribed 6(1)c Indian status where the second-generation cut-off rule is applied to their descendants born before 1985.
This article explains how the Senate added the “6(1) a All the Way” clause to Bill S-3 in a way that it would apply to the re-instated women and all of their descendants born before 1985; and then explains how the House of Commons first removed the clause followed by the Prime Minister calling on party solidity in voting through this gutted version of the Bill. This included the Minister of Status of Women, Maryam Monsef, voting for the gutted bill.
This article addresses the fear mongering strategy Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Carolyn Bennett engaged in when asked about the increased number of status Indians the “6(1)a All the Way” clause would create.
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Lynn Gehl, Ph.D. is an Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe from the Ottawa River Valley. In 2017 she won an Ontario Court of Appeal case on sex discrimination in The Indian Act, and is an outspoken critic of the Algonquin land claims process. You can reach her through, and see more of her work, at www.lynngehl.com.