Tuesday, January 24, 2012

PM Harper affirms commitment to amend Indian Act

In the opening speech of First Nations-Crown discussion talks today, Prime Minister Stephen Harper affirmed that his government will amend the Indian Act, although it will not outright repeal such legislation.

In two articles now (here and here) I have decried the need for Canadian aboriginal affairs reform.  In both articles there are important statistics undoubtedly proving the current system is broken, and it needs to be fixed.

The amendments I recommend are reasonable and modest.  Although Canada may have to entirely scrap the Indian Act and start from scratch, these modest amendments are the least the federal government could do to ensure Canada's apartheid system is eliminated.

I encourage you to write to the Prime Minister and Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan.