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Wholesale rapid removal of the Indian Act without alternatives will be met with resistance

By Hayden King      

A new means to scrap the Indian Act has been discovered. But the ends appear the same. For First Nation communities and elected chiefs and councils, caution is merited. And for elected MPs, within or outside government, transparency, accountability, and honesty on this 'new' approach is overdue.

A new Liberal government, headed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is attempting to remove the Indian Act, there is a consultation period, though truncated, and an apparent 'nation-to-nation' collaboration. If history is a guide, the final act here is betrayal, writes Hayden King. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

TORONTO—Few seem to realize the rapid pace of legislative and policy changes proposed by the Liberal government on Indigenous issues; from Indian Status to fiscal relations, self-government, and land claims. Most revolve around a proposed Rights Recognition and Implementation Framework legislation, coming sometime this year.

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