CAP files lawsuit against Canada for funding exclusion


The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP), a national group representing Indigenous people living off-reserve, has filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the exclusion of Indigenous peoples without status under the Indian Act from postsecondary funding. CFNR reports that the lawsuit names the Minister of Indigenous Services and Attorney General and alleges that they “violated section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by effectively impeding access to post-secondary education.” CAP states that over half of the over-1.6-million Indigenous people in Canada do not have status under the Indian Act, and a previous CAP-filed lawsuit reportedly found that non-status Indigenous people are more likely to be exposed to discrimination.

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