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WEBINAR: UNKNOWN / UNSTATED PATERNITY AND SEX DISCRIMINATION IN THE INDIAN ACT

WEBINAR: UNKNOWN / UNSTATED PATERNITY AND SEX DISCRIMINATION IN THE INDIAN ACT

Join us for a webinar on Jul 06, 2017 at 1:00 PM EDT.

Register now!

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6873554443700627970

Join the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action and Canadian Women’s Foundation for a second webinar about sex discrimination in the Indian Act.

The Indian Act’s registration and transmission regime has prevented Indigenous women from gaining and passing on status to their children the way Indigenous men can.

This webinar explores the Indigenous and Northern Affairs 1985 Proof of Paternity policy. It will focus on the situation of unknown and unstated paternity: how it impacted the transmission of Indian status to children when the “father” was not listed on their birth certificates and how this policy was applied in situations of sexual violence.

As a webinar participant, you will learn about:
• The history of patrilineal versus matrilineal Indian status
• Indigenous and Northern Affairs 1985 Proof of Paternity policy
• The impact of INAC’s Proof of Paternity policy on Indigenous women and their children
• Dr. Lynn Gehl’s 32-year effort to gain Indian Status, the Gehl v Canada (Attorney General) litigation, and the most recent April 2017 win in the Ontario Court of Appeal
• The insertion of the “Gehl clauses” resolving the sex discrimination inherent in the Proof of Paternity policy
• How Dr. Gehl is still impacted by the sexist provisions governing Indian status
• An update on Bill S-3 and the federal government’s current approach to amending the Indian Status regime

The webinar will include a 50-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute question and answer period.

PRESENTERS:

Dr. Lynn Gehl
Advocate, artist, writer, and plaintiff in Gehl v Canada

Mary Eberts
Lawyer, counsel for Dr. Gehl in Gehl v Canada, equality advocate, &founding mother of Women’s Legal Education Action Fund (LEAF)

Dr. Pamela Palmater
Lawyer, Associate Professor at Ryerson University, Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University, Associate Senior Fellow at Massey College University of Toronto

Space for the webinar is limited. The session will be recorded and shared.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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