Red Paper/White Paper - Part 1


In 1969, the government of Canada introduced a White Paper that proposed to eliminate native status. It argued that "the separate legal status of Indians have kept the Indian people apart from and behind other Canadians." In a dramatic meeting with the entire federal cabinet on Parliament Hill, on June 4, 1970, two chiefs placed the White Paper in front of Jean Chretien, the Minister of Indian Affairs, rejecting it. They handed Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau a set of counter proposals in document called Citizens Plus, more commonly known as the Red Paper.

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