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It was on the day of February 22 1973 when the Supreme Court of Ontario convened to review two cases brought forth from the Federal Court of Appeal concerning the rights of two Aboriginal women This case not only brought an issue of human rights to center stage it dragged with it the idea that the Canadian Constitution embodied some blurred or contradictive values Jeannette Vivian Corbiere Lavell and Yvonne Bedard both born as North American Indians and acting as respondents were summoned to present their cases to the Court The claim was that The provisions of s 121b of the Indian Act RSC 1970 c 1-6 are rendered inoperative or not working by s 1b of the Canadian Bill of Rights 1960 Can c 44 as denying equality before the law to the 2 respondents The two women felt that they were catalogued under an unjust act which allowed for an unfair amount of discrimination cast towards them on the basis of their sex Their argument was simple they sought equality of condition by having s 121b repealed by the 1960 Bill of Rights as compared to their male Native American counterparts Appearing for several days before the Supreme Court of Ontario and after much debate these two women prove that the smallest person can make a difference or at least pave the way for debate to come It was for their actions these two are considered to be some of the most inspirational Native womens rights activists of this century Jeannette Vivian Corbiere Lavell was born on June 21 1942 on the Wikwemikong Reserve located in the province of Ontario and was and was registered via the Indian Register It was on April 11 1970 that Corbiere married David Lavell and lived happily until December 7 1970 when she received notification of her removal from the Band membership by the Registrar due to the violation of entrenched laws present in the
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