Women 's Rights Of Aboriginal Women

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However an Indian status man could marry whomever he chose, and maintain all his rights. Through this legislation Aboriginal women were devalued with the intended result of undermining their status, preventing them from passing on status to their own children and effectively making them property of their husbands and fathers (cite) The government’s introduction of reserve land, in regards to status and non-status Indians and who could reside there drastically affected Aboriginal women with disastrous results. A direct result of colonial policy was the forcible displacement of Aboriginal women off reserve land. By altering the traditional matrilineal descent, kinship systems, and post marital residency patterns, which had been practiced and in place for generations Aboriginal women lost the rights to live on territory which they had strong ties to, and became displaced. (cite) Section 12 (1) (b) is arguably the most gender discriminating proposition in The Indian Act, and dealt with involuntary enfranchisement. In 1951, this was amended with even greater severity and heightened oppression for Aboriginal women. Known as the, ‘double mother’ clause this stated that Indian children would lose status if their mother or grandmother acquired status through marriage, even if their father or grandfather was a status Indian (cite). It left many Aboriginal women with little or no resources, in an unfamiliar territory, with no family or cultural ties creating an extraordinary
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