The Indian Act is a federal piece of legislation related to the rights and status of First Nations peoples ("status Indians"), first passed in 1876 and amended several times. This act has provoked much discussion since its deployment in 1876, mainly that it is ethnocentric with the goals of assimilation. However, many argue that the treaty does help to affirm the place of First Nations people in Canada.
Why might the Indian Act both CHALLENGE and AFFIRM First Nations identity today? Propose a response and back it up with evidence from pg. 137 in your textbook. (2 pieces of evidence please)