In light of the January 11, 2019 United Nations ruling regarding Sharon McIvor’s petition that calls on Canada to eliminate all the sex discrimination in the Indian Act, the local
In light of the January 11, 2019 United Nations ruling regarding Sharon McIvor’s petition that calls on Canada to eliminate all the sex discrimination in the Indian Act, the local #17Tuesdays campaign started March 12.
The goal is to meet with concerned and caring community people who support the need for the Liberal Government to proclaim the “6(1)a All the Way!” clauses contained in the current Indian Act into law. These clauses were included when Bill S-3, An Act to Amend the Indian Act (the elimination of sex based discrimination) gained royal assent on December 12, 2017. These clauses will remove all the sex discrimination that exists between men and women and their descendants born before 1985. All that is required is for the Prime Minister to issue an Order-in-Council to proclaim them into law.
In light of this recent UN decision on McIvor, and knowing that Parliament will break for the summer on June 21st, we are asking community people to join us in support, versus in protest, where we then collectively ask the Minister of Women and Gender Equality Maryam Monsef to nudge the Prime Minister in the right direction. Fifty years of litigation by Indigenous women and their descendants – Lavell, Bedard, Lovelace, McIvor, Desceheneax and Yantha and Yantha, and Gehl – is long enough.
From March 12 through June 18 we will gathering to meet from noon to 1:00pm outside Minister Monsef’s constituency office. Everyone is welcome; bring a chair if needed.
Indigenous women and their descendants who continue to face sex discrimination in the Indian Act. But really all people – if one group of people are left behind we all are.