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Backlogs, lengthy delays await Indian status applicants following removal of sex discrimination law

By Samantha Wright Allen      

The government says each status application could take between six months and two years, which advocates call an 'appalling' delay to deal with state-sponsored discrimination. 

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller’s department says the waitlist for those applying for Indian status could be between six months and two years. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Since Canada lifted discriminatory restrictions that denied Indian status on the basis of sex, 24,000 people have applied for status, but advocates say “appalling” processing delays in a pool that could number in the hundreds of thousands shows a lack of resources and funding, which Canada has a responsibility to address.

Samantha Wright Allen

Samantha Wright Allen is a reporter for The Hill Times.
- swallen@hilltimes.com


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