The Indian Act and Its Effect on Modern Society

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The Indian Act and its Effect on Modern Society The Indian Act is one of the most outdated and irrelevant pieces of legislature ever written. In 1876, the Crown consolidated all existing laws pertaining to Indians, and called this new document the Indian Act. They did not solicit input from Aboriginal people and in fact, at that time, Aboriginal people were not even allowed to vote for or against the politicians who were creating this Act. If this Act was written in 1876, what effect could it possibly have on anyone today? The answer to this is complex and requires an analysis of what is contained within the Act.
Many Aboriginal people have lost all they had and have been disadvantaged because of the Indian Act and the theories of
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Because of this, the police and the courts were usually unable and/or unwilling to accommodate Indian values and concepts of justice. The fifth section of the Indian Act was an attack on traditional Aboriginal culture. Canadian governments maintained that they needed to protect Indians from their own culture. Traditional dances, customs, and celebrations were prohibited. This included traditional Indian costumes. The sixth and seventh sections of the Indian Act covered recreation. The first of these outlined that it was an offense for Aboriginals to be intoxicated. It was also an offense to sell liquor to an Aboriginal. In cases where Aboriginals were able to get alcohol, it was a further offense to fail to disclose the name of the person that had sold them the alcohol. Alcohol was used to bribe Aboriginal people who felt confused because of the Indian Act. Drinking was one of the ways they could escape. The second section regarding recreation was called the poolroom prohibition. This gave the superintendent of Indian affairs the power to regulate pool rooms, dance halls, and other places of amusement on reserves to ensure Indians would learn industriousness and would not spend too much time in leisure pursuits that were available to non-Indians at their own discretion. The eighth section dealt with agricultural products – specifically the government's idea that

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