Beyond Blood

Beyond Blood

Rethinking Indigenous Identity

Book - 2011
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The current Status criteria of the Indian Act contains descent-based rules akin to blood quantum that are particularly discriminatory against women and their descendants, which author Pamela Palmater argues will lead to the extinguishment of First Nations as legal and constitutional entities. Beginning with an historic overview of legislative enactments defining Indian status and their impact on First Nations, the author examines contemporary court rulings dealing with Indigenous identity, Aboriginal rights, and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Palmater also examines band membership codes to determine if their reliance on status criteria perpetuates discrimination. She offers changes for determining Indigenous identity and citizenship and argues that First Nations must determine citizenship themselves.

Publisher: Saskatoon, Sask. : Purich Publishing, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781895830606
Branch Call Number: 342.710872 CAN PAL
Characteristics: 279 pages :,portrait ;,23 cm


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Mar 09, 2015

A very well written criticism of Canada's racist apartheid policies expressed especially in the Indian Act, and how if unchanged will lead to the disappearance of Aboriginal people. The author provides sensible solutions, including the establishment of a third level of government in this country (ie. to finally allow all Aboriginal groups to be self-governing).

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