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Tom Flanagan Tom Flanagan is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Calgary and author of the Fraser Institute paper Incentives, Identity, and the Growth of Canada’s Indigenous Population.

In the wake of the newly named National Indigenous Peoples Day, it is worth reflecting on how the feminist movement is affecting the character of the Indigenous population. Under the Indian Act, membership in Indian bands, now called First Nations, was originally passed down through the male line; Indian women who “married out” lost their Indian status and their children were ineligible to become legal Indians.

Following the 1970 report of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women , the status quo came under heavy assault. A series of legal changes restored Indian status to tens of thousands of women and their children and grandchildren. Through Bill S-3 , the Trudeau government is proposing to enable the registration of […]

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