in a long time, but progress is on hold as long as the Indian Act exists.
The government plans to modernize the statute, but it doesn't plan to gut it.
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calm troubled waters, but aboriginal experts say relations will be on the rocks until trust is developed over time.
"As long as the Indian Act is in place, the old relationship will always be in place," said Lovelace. "The Indian Act has been an instrument of keeping aboriginal people marginalized."
The prime minister is expected to deliver a speech Tuesday morning, and several cabinet ministers will represent the government for the latter part of day's meetings.
Gov. Gen. David Johnston, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and several key cabinet ministers will meet with dozens of chiefs Tuesday to discuss issues including treaty rights, economic development and education in First Nation communities.
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Harper scheduled a last minute meeting Monday with AFN's executive branch and regional chiefs, but the NDP said it is clear Tuesday's summit isn't a big priority.
The Indian Act was first passed by Parliament in 1876 and gave the government enormous power to control First Nations people living on reserves.
"For him to say he's going to stay for a photo op, it's simply unacceptable," NDP MP Peter Julian said. "It's paying lip service to what is a fundamental crisis."
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"It's a start," said Perry Bellegarde, the chief of Saskatchewan's Little Black Bear First Nation. "It's going to happen over time."
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