The Indian Act and Aboriginal Women Analytical Essay by Top Papers

The Indian Act and Aboriginal Women
An examination of the Indian Act (1869) and its impact on Aboriginal women.
# 136092 | 3,500 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2007 | US

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This paper addresses the Indian Act's effects on Canadian aborginal women and the failure of C-31 to correct all abuses. The paper examines the arguments that the Indian Act inflicted patriarchy on matriarchal native societies, but emphasizes that all Native cultures were not without patriarchy and sexism of their own. The paper provides various legal and social scientific references.

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"Canadian paternalism has been many times mentioned in relation to the Indian Act (1869) as legislation that matched counterparts elsewhere in former British colonies on matters of indigenous or other specially recognized groups. It is known in the Canadian case that the Indian Act bestowed special liabilities upon Aboriginal women that strongly affected matters of choice and their fundamental Aboriginal status as women who did not marry status Indians lost their privileges, however limited, just as their children were designated non-status Indians."

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