ERIC Number: ED043431
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
Statement of the Government of Canada on Indian Policy, 1969.
The statement presented by Jean Chretien, Minister of Indian Affairs of Canada, to the Twenty-eighth Parliament declares that government policies must lead to full, free, and nondiscriminatory participation of the Indians in Canadian society. It is noted that, in the past, Indians in isolated communities and in the cities have suffered from poverty. As reported, the discrimination which affects the Indians is compounded with a legal status which sets them apart from the main society; therefore, the government of Canada is seeking a partnership among the Indians, the governments of provinces, the communities, and the Canadian government to achieve equality for the Indians through cooperation. The historical background of the Indian problem, which is said to press heavily on the Indian people, is discussed as well as the recommendation for a new policy toward the Indians. The new policy is directed at such tasks as removing legislative and constitutional bases of discrimination, promoting recognition of the unique contribution of Indian culture to Canadian society, and transferring control of Indian lands to Indian people. (EL)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Ottawa (Ontario).