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Indian Act turns 140, but few celebrating

 

Last updated 5/14/2016 at Noon

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First passed in 1876, the Indian Act received royal assent on April 12, 1876, under Prime Minister Alexander McKenzie. It is the primary legislation used by the Canadian government to administer everything from laws to membership and elections in First Nation communities. Many consider it the remnants of colonialism and wish it was done away with.

OTTAWA, ON-One of the most maligned pieces of legislation in Canadian history turns 140 this week, but few First Nations are celebrating, chiefs say.

First passed in 1876, the Indian Act received royal assent on April 12, 1876, under a Liberal government headed by Prime Minister Alexander McKenzie.

The Indian Act ("An Act respecting Indians"), is the primary legislation used by the federal government to administer everything from laws to membership and elections in First Nation communities. It's still in force in the majority of First Nation communities across the country.

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