The federal government recently announced it would review the laws and policies related to Indigenous people, and it has struck a cabinet working group to lead the task. Of these laws, the 141-year-old Indian Act stands out as one of the most complex and most reviled. What is the history behind this colonial law? How does it function? Is there any hope we will will be able to remove it from the books and replace it with a framework that better reflects a nation-to-nation relationship?
Three experts helped answer our basic questions about the Act, with the aim of building knowledge around this key policy question facing our country.