The Indian Act is one of the oldest pieces of legislation in Canada. It was first – the first version of it was enacted in 1868 just a few months after Confederation and it’s been in place almost unchanged in its essence since then.
There still remains a statute on the books called the Indian Act. It contains some obsolete and even offensive material that really should be scrubbed from the books. There is an important legal question of whether or not it’s feasible to simply repeal the Indian Act – to just get rid of it, to just abolish the Indian Act.
Jack Woodward Lawyer recorded a short video in an effort to answer this challenging question.