Native tribe will petition Ottawa to remove its Indian status

09 Nov 2009 Native tribe will petition Ottawa to remove its Indian status

Justine Hunter, Globe and Mail, Nov 9/09: A delegation of the Gitxsan people from northwest British Columbia is set to meet with Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl next month with a groundbreaking proposal: That the 13,000 members of their tribe be allowed to abandon their status as “Indians.”

The group is willing to relinquish reserves, tax exemptions, Indian Act housing and financial supports in exchange for a share of resources. Unlike most contemporary efforts at treaty-making, it would also abandon the ambition of a separate level of government. [Continue reading this article here.]


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