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Status of Indigenous women discussed at Bird Commission hearing

The Story

At the Commission hearing in Regina, an impassioned speech on the status of Aboriginal women unexpectedly moves the crowd to tears. Mrs. Sam Lavallee articulates the breadth of problems women living on reserves must overcome. Life, she explains, is a constant renegotiating of stereotypes, expectations and entitlements. CBC Radio's Matinee reports.

Medium: Radio
Program: Matinee
Broadcast Date: May 3, 1968
Guest: Mrs. Sam Lavallee
Reporter: Ed Reid
Duration: 6:50

Did You know?

• Jeannette Vivian Corbiere Lavell led the fight for changes in the Indian Act. The Act nullified status and band membership rights to Aboriginal women who had married non-Aboriginal men. In 1985, this part of the Indian Act was repealed.


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