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‘This is cultural genocide’: activists call on Liberals to act now to fix Indian Act sex discrimination

By Charelle Evelyn      

The Trudeau cabinet could make the decision ‘on any given Tuesday’ to make the necessary changes, says Sharon McIvor, who brought the most recent complaint to a UN human rights body.

Liberal Sen. Lillian Dyck had unanimous Senate support in February for a motion calling on the government to remove the remaining elements of sex discrimination through the Indian Act by June 21. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The government’s lack of action in the face of multiple calls to strip the remaining vestiges of sex discrimination from the Indian Act before the election is tantamount to cultural genocide, say Indigenous women and activists who descended on Parliament Hill April 9. But the Liberals won’t shift from existing timelines, which have a report on next steps not coming until June.

Charelle Evelyn

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


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