Indigenous and Northern Affairs—Status RegistryPublished on 19 June 2017 Hansard and Statements by Senator Lillian Eva Dyck
Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck:
My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate.
As you know, Bill S-3, An Act to amend the Indian Act (elimination of sex-based inequities in registration), is now before the House of Commons. Under previous legislative attempts to remove sex-based discrimination from the registration provisions of the Indian Act, each amendment to the Indian Act added more status Indians to the registry.
In 1985, under Bill C-31, approximately 130,000 people were added to the registry. In 2010, under Bill C-3, another 45,000 people were added. And now, with Bill S-3, when it includes Senator McPhedran’s amendment 6(1)(a) “all the way,” the government has thrown out a broad estimate for the number of potential new entitled registrants. This estimate, as the minister admits, isn’t based on any good, concrete data. It’s maybe 80,000, but it is certainly not the 2 million figure she put out. As our colleague Senator Sinclair said at committee, that range is like fearmongering.
Why is it that the government’s view that adding more status Indians to the registry is something to be afraid of?