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Bill C-428

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2nd Session, 35th Parliament,
45-46 Elizabeth II, 1996-97

The House of Commons of Canada

BILL C-428

An Act to amend the Indian Act (definition of infant child)


WHEREAS, on November 20, 1989, the Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly;

WHEREAS the Convention was ratified by Canada on December 31, 1991;

WHEREAS the Convention proposes a definition of ``child'' that should be applied uniformly throughout federal legislation;

AND WHEREAS the use of ``infant child'' should be consistent with that of ``child'';

R.S., c. I-5; R.S., cc. 27, 32 (1st Supp.), c. 27 (2nd Supp.), cc. 17, 43, 48 (4th Supp.); 1990, cc. 16, 17; 1992, cc. 1, 51; 1993, c. 28; 1996, c. 23

NOW, THEREFORE, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:

1. Subsection 2(1) of the Indian Act is amended by adding the following in alphabetical order:

``infant child''
« enfant mineur »

``infant child'' means a person under eighteen years of age;