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Complainant behind successful UN complaint about Indian Act expects decision to be brushed aside

By Charelle Evelyn      

Sen. Lillian Dyck says the Upper Chamber will apply pressure to ensure the Liberals keep their promise to remove sex discrimination from the Indian Act.

Indigenous rights advocates, from left, Sen. Lillian Dyck, Pamela Palmater, Sharon McIvor, and Sen. Sandra Lovelace Nicholas. On Jan. 14, the United Nations Human Rights Committee released a decision in favour of Ms. McIvor’s 2010 complaint about discrimination against First Nations women in the Indian Act. Photograph courtesy of Sen. Lillian Dyck

Despite a United Nations decision backing her complaint that Canada’s Indian Act continues to discriminate against First Nations women, Sharon McIvor says she doesn’t expect the government to respect the six-month deadline the international body gave to fix it.

Charelle Evelyn

Charelle Evelyn is a managing editor with The Hill Times.
- cevelyn@hilltimes.com


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