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Helping Indians to help themselves: R32-322/1984E-PDF

a committee to investigate itself : the 1951 Indian Act consultation process /

"The Indian Act is the single most important piece of legislation dealing with Indians in Canada. In its present form it is the culmination of two hundred and fifty years of British-Canadian policy directed at governing relations with the aboriginal peoples in Canada. Indians have been the subject of continuous special legislation in Canada aimed at attempting to bring them into the mainstream of society and reducing their cultural and political independence. In many ways this approach has worked, but to a great extent these areas remain peripheral to more serious concerns. Today Indians endure low life expectancy, high Infant mortality, alarming rates of violent death and suicide, unemployment statistics in the 80-90 per cent bracket, the lowest average income levels of any Canadians, alcoholism and rates of incarceration far above the national average, and in some communities total social breakdown."--Introduction.

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Department/Agency Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.
Title Helping Indians to help themselves
Subtitle a committee to investigate itself : the 1951 Indian Act consultation process /
Publication Type Monograph
Language [English]
Other Language Editions [French]
Format Electronic
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Note Issued also in French under title: Aider les Indiens à s'aider eux-mêmes : un comité tourné vers lui-même : processus consultatif préparatoire à la Loi sur les Indiens de 1951. Digitized edition from print [produced by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada].
Date 1984.
Number of Pages vii, 64 p.
Catalogue Number
  • R32-322/1984E-PDF
Subject Terms Indians, Legislation, Social conditions