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TEACHING GUIDE: The Indian Act

How did the Indian Act come to be? What is the human cost of this policy for Indigenous people, particularly women?

In 1876, the young country of Canada passed a set of laws intended to govern First Nations people in Canada. Decades later, those laws still exist and are largely unchanged.

So, how and why did The Indian Act come to be? And why is it still on the books? This episode of The Secret Life of Canada explores the federal law that overhauled settler-Indigenous relations.

Possible teaching connections include Geography, History, Social Studies, Law, Civics, and Anthropology. Learn how to use this resource here.

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