Quebec Native Women was founded in 1974 to combat gender-based discrimination in the Indian Act;
Forty-five years later, the Indian Act still discriminates against Indigenous women and their descendants, despite the amendments made over the years in bills C-31, C-3 and S-3;
The United Nations Human Rights Committee found that this discrimination violates the equality rights and cultural rights of Indigenous women and their descendants;
The Indian Act is an archaic, patriarchal and assimilationist law that no longer serves a purpose; and
The federal government promised to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
We, the undersigned, Members and allies of Quebec Native Women, call upon the Government of Canadato:
(1) Immediately end all forms of discrimination in the Indian Act;
(2) Immediately comply with the United Nations Human Rights Committee decision of January 17, 2019, on the McIvor case and make reparations to all those whose equality rights and cultural rights were violated by the Indian Act’s discriminatory regime without delay;
(3) Take all necessary measures to abolish the Indian Act’s racist and patriarchal regime as soon as possible; and
(4) Immediately and fully implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, especially the right to self-determination.
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