Indigenous Bar Association committed to empowering indigenous peoples to meaningfully exercise their right to belong to an indigenous community or nation

Ottawa, ON – On December 12, 2017, Bill S-3, An Act to amend the Indian Act in response to the Superior Court of Quebec decision in Descheneaux c. Canada (Procureur général) received Royal Assent. Bill S-3 established several new categories of individuals who are entitled to register as Indians under section 6 of the Indian Act. Some classes of individuals will be entitled to register as Indians effective immediately, whereas others will be entitled to register at a future date to be set by an Order in Council. Based on a report of the Parliamentary Budget Office, the new legislation could result in approximately 670,000 individuals becoming entitled to register as Indians.

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