News >

Amendments on Bill S-3 – Postponement

24/08/2017

“Ottawa given until Christmas to address discriminatory provisions in Indian Act”, The Lawyer’s Daily, 24 August 2017
https://www.thelawyersdaily.ca/constitutional/articles/4475?utm_source=shared-articles&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=shared-articles

The federal government dodged a potential crisis that would have halted Indian status registrations after the Quebec Court of Appeal begrudgingly gave Ottawa until Christmas to address sex-based discriminatory provisions in the Indian Act and complete a bill that has been held up by the Senate.

“Court gives Liberals until Christmas to fix Indian Act, but warns time for parliament to act ‘now ending’”, National Post, 18 August 2017
http://nationalpost.com/news/politics/court-gives-liberals-until-christmas-to-fix-indian-act-but-warns-time-for-parliament-to-act-now-ending/wcm/3e4db013-1742-4193-8398-c4ad31f259dc

In the wake of a dramatic showdown at the end of the parliamentary year in June, a Quebec Court of Appeal decided Friday to give Liberals until Dec. 22 to finalize the bill (to amend the Indian Act) that’s been held up by the Senate.

“Liberals show signs of compromise over Indian status”, Winnipeg Free Press, 10 August 2017
https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/liberals-show-signs-of-compromise-over-indian-status-439575913.html

In a Montreal court Wednesday (August 9), the government sought another six months to respond to an August 2015 court decision, which ruled the Indian Act discriminates by withholding Indian status from women who marry non-Indigenous men, as well as their descendants.