The Indian Act (1876)

1876-present
One page of the Six Nations Reserve petition protesting the Indian Act of 1876. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
One page of the Six Nations Reserve petition protesting the Indian Act of 1876. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

In 1876, Sir John A. and his government created the Indian Act to encourage the assimilation of indigenous peoples living in Canada. The intent was to do away with the tribal system and aboriginal practices, but the reality was quite different as treaty rights were disregarded and First Nations peoples essentially became wards of the state. The Indian Act is still in force today.

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