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Man’s fight for daughter’s status highlights remaining inequities in Indian Act registration – CBC

by ahnationtalk on September 18, 201942 Views

Karl Hele’s daughter was denied Indian status because his mother voluntarily enfranchised

Sep 18, 2019

Even after amendments were made to eliminate lingering gender discrimination within the Indian Act, inequalities in other areas of registration remain.

It’s something Karl Hele, a member of the Garden River First Nation in Ontario, is hoping the Quebec Superior Court will change for his eight-year-old daughter Annora. She was denied Indian status because Hele’s mother voluntarily enfranchised in 1965.

“The government still hasn’t gotten rid of this idea of enfranchisement or assimilation. It’s still there in how they register people,” said Hele, an associate professor at Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B.

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