By Pierre Lepage ; supervision, Maryse Alcindor ; translation, Jan Jordon .
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Photo: Toronto Star, National Archives of Canada, PA 123905 32 Chapter 4 DEALING DE A LI N G WITH W ITH DIFFERENT RIGHTS Much has been made of the privileges enjoyed by the First Nations peoples under the Indian Act: tax exemptions, all sorts of special health, education and housing measures, and much more. At first glance, it would certainly seem that First Nations peoples are better treated than the majority of citizens. M In this regard, it is said that the Indian Act has turned Amerindians into spoiled children who are not the least bit interested in giving up all the tax privileges they receive.
In return, the Liberal government would make all citizens equal and terminate special status for First Nations peoples, as attested by the following two extracts from the White Paper: This Government believes in equality. It believes that all men and women have equal rights. It is determined that all shall be treated fairly and that no one shall be shut out of Canadian life, and especially that no one shall be shut out because of his race. […] In the long term, removal of the reference in the constitution would be necessary to end the legal distinction between Indians and other Canadians.
European ideas of progress and development were obviously correct and could be dian Affairs would be imposed on Aboriginal peoples without taking into account the other values, opinions legally considered as or rights they may have. Indians. Because the federal government (Reported in Canada, Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples 1996a) established the rules determining who was and was not an Indian, the categories “status Indians”(or regis tered Indians) and “non-status Indians”(or non-registered Indians) assumed enormous importance.