Campaigns and Issues

United Nations Human Rights Committee’s Landmark Decision

Last week, The United Nations Human Rights Committee issued a landmark decision that determined Canada discriminates against First Nations women and their descendants.

Sharon McIvor and her son Jacob Grismer filed the petition in 2010 arguing that despite changes made in 1985, the Indian Act still “affects First Nations women’s entitlement to status, their right to transmit status, and their equality with First Nations men.”

Historical sex discrimination is widely viewed as a root cause of violence against Indigenous women and girls.

At a press conference, Sharon McIvor called on the federal government to remedy this inequity by removing discriminatory language from the Act.