Shannen's Dream - Timeline and Documents

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  • June 22, 1869

    The Gradual Enfranchisement Act, 1869, removes Indian status from women who marry non-status First Nations. Children of that marriage were prevented by the government from obtaining that Indigenous status and rights. Read the Gradual Enfranchisement Act, 1869.

  • March 29, 1867

    The federal government enacts the Constitution Act, 1867 (previously known as the British North America Act), and officially takes control over “Indians and lands reserved for the Indians." Read the Constitution Act, 1867.