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Petition to Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau

Canadian Government: Remove all of the sex discrimination in the Indian status registration provisions of the Indian Act - Enough is Enough

No More Failed Remedial Legislations to the Status Provisions of The Indian Act Section 15 of The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states all Canadians have the right to live free from sexual and racial discrimination, yet Canada refuses to remove the sex discrimination in the Indian status registration provisions of The Indian Act.  Despite the long-time efforts of Indigenous women such as Mary Two-Axe Early, Jeannette Corbiere-Lavell, Yvonne Bernard, and Sandra Lovelace sex discrimination continues. While The Indian Act was amended in 1985 to eliminate the sex discrimination against women who married non-Indian men, Canada took advantage of this remedial process creating the second-generation cut-off rule, and through applying this rule in a detrimental way to the descendants of Indian women as compared to the descendants of Indian men.  In this way Canada manipulated the remedial process. Sharon McIvor furthered the effort, where in 2011 The Indian Act was once again amended.  Despite her 25 year effort Canada again manipulated the remedial process where as such many issues remain.  For example, the grandchildren of Indian women once enfranchised, and born prior to September 4, 1951 continue to be denied. Further, many are unaware of the matter or unknown and unstated paternity (also unreported, unnamed, unacknowledged, unestablished, and unrecognized paternity). Prior to the 1985 amendment to The Indian Act provisions protected mothers and their children whose father’s signature was not ascribed to the birth certificate − meaning the child was the same as their Indian mother, a status Indian.  Through the 1985 remedial process Canada removed these provisions creating yet another new form of sex discrimination.  Today Canada assumes all unknown fathers are non-Indian and this negatively affects the child’s treaty rights such as housing, health care, and education.  This policy remains in situations of sexual violence such as rape, gang rape, incest, prostitution, and sexual slavery.  Lynn Gehl v. Attorney General addresses this sex discrimination and it will be heard in court in May 2014. Please sign this petition in support of the call for Canada to end the manipulative practice of using the remedial process of eliminating the sex discrimination in the Indian status registration provisions of The Indian Act as an opportunity to create new forms of sex discrimination in law, policy, and practice. To learn more see:

Lynn Gehl
3,641 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to The Honourable Donald Neil Plett, The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, The Honourable Peter Harder, The Honourable Marilou McPhedran

Urge Senators to vote on Bill C-16: Gender Identity and Expression are Human Rights

Urge Senator Plett and his fellow Senators to vote on “transgender” Bill C-16 by signing this petition. Please help transgender people in their fight to be recognized under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  For the 100 or so transgender women who are currently incarcerated in men’s prisons in Canada, and who are under the constant threat of being sexually abused, having Bill C-16 passed by the Senate and written into the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms would allow them to be moved to the relative safety of women’s prisons.  There is reportedly a small group of transphobic senators who are stalling this bill in the senate, hoping that by stalling a vote they can kill the bill.  The main culprit is reportedly Senator Don Plett, a conservative from Manitoba and the longest serving president of a conservative party in Canadian history.  The argument from people such as Plett is that little girls should be kept safe in school washrooms.  “All the data and all the evidence shows protecting transgender people only increases public safety,” Chase Strangio, staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Project and a transgender man.  He said there is an implication in certain laws “that fundamentally people just don’t think of transgender people as humans, and they try to erase trans people from existence.” According to the 2015 US Transgender Survey (trans survey), the largest survey ever conducted on transgender issues, with  27, 715 respondents, more than three-quarters (77%) of those who were out or perceived as transgender at some point between Kindergarten and Grade 12 (K–12) experienced some form of mistreatment, such as being verbally harassed, prohibited from dressing according to their gender identity, disciplined more harshly, or physically or sexually assaulted because people thought they were transgender.  Fifty-four percent (54%) of those who were out or perceived as transgender in K–12 were verbally harassed, nearly one-quarter (24%) were physically attacked, and 13% were sexually assaulted in K–12 because of being transgender.  Seventeen percent (17%) faced such severe mistreatment as a transgender person that they left a K–12 school. Nearly one-quarter (24%) of people who were out or perceived as transgender in college or vocational school were verbally, physically, or sexually harassed.   Contact Senator Plett here

Monik Nordine
7,126 supporters