Archive for June 27, 2008

After 30 years of dragging their feet, the Canadian government has finally passed legislation that gives Natives the protection of the Human Rights Act. This is great news not only because it grants basic human rights to people in need, but because it also helps establish that Natives are as Canadian as you or I.

When the Canadian Human Rights Act was passed in 1978, it excluded Natives who were considered to be governed by the Indian Act. One has to wonder how long such a policy would have lasted if Canada had told black people “You don’t have human rights because you are governed by the Negro act.”