Indian Act turns 140, but few celebrating
Last updated 5/14/2016 at Noon
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.