Men, Masculinity, and the Indian Act
- PUBLISHED: September 2019
- SUBJECT LISTING: Native American and Indigenous Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 128 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5 in
- ISBN: 9780774860956
Canada’s Indian Act is infamously sexist. Many iterations of the legislation conferred a woman’s status rights through marriage, and even once it was amended First Nations women could not necessarily pass their status on to their descendants. What has that injustice meant for First Nations men? Martin Cannon challenges a decades‑long assumption that the act has affected Indigenous people as either “women” or “Indians” – but not both. He argues that sexism and racialization within the law must instead be understood as interlocking forms of discrimination that disrupt gender complementarity and undercut the identities of Indigenous men through their female forebears.
Authors & Contributors
Martin J. Cannon is Onyota’a:ka (Oneida Nation), Turtle Clan, and a citizen of the Six Nations at Grand River Territory. He is associate professor in the Department of Social Justice Education at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.