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Liberals urged to ‘go beyond your promises’ to Indigenous people when Parliament resumes – APTN News

Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu readily acknowledges the Indian Act is much hated by many — it is, after all, one of the most racist laws on earth.

But the Liberals have no plans to axe the old draconian statute any time soon. Instead, they want First Nations to gradually transition away from it by co-developing new laws or negotiating governance agreements.

“Passing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was a very important step toward eliminating the Indian Act. But the Indian act, as some Indigenous leaders will tell you, has components in it that protect rights,” said Hajdu on Nation to Nation.

“As much as the Indian Act is despised, until those rights are protected in a different vehicle then I think some leaders feel that it would be risky to actually eliminate the Indian Act.”

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