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December 13, 2022
ANISHINABEK NATION TERRITORY— The government of Canada is looking to amend the federal legislation known as the Interpretation Act, the first act passed by the new Parliament of Canada after the Confederation.
The purpose of the Interpretation Act is to provide guidance and assistance for the interpretation of laws where their meaning is not clear. The Interpretation Act helps to provide meaning to all federal acts, regulations, and laws. It helps people to interpret federal legislation by giving definitions and guidance on commonly used terms in federal legislation. As an example, federal legislation often refers to a certain amount of “days” to file an appeal or for some other event. The Interpretation Act essentially defines the term “day” to exclude holidays, weekends, etc.
The federal government is reaching out to First Nations on what is called the non-derogation clause, which they are considering adding to the Interpretation Act. This is the clause that generally says:
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