“Pretendians” posing as elders to receive benefits

“Pretendians” know no age limit. The federal government i searching to find a way to verify an elder’s Indigenous background after finding non-Indigenous people are posing as Indigenous to receive benefits. The benefits are designed to lift marginalized communities to higher standards. Instead some people, not of Indigenous backgrounds. often referred to as a “pretendian” are applying. To help combat the problem Six Nations Elected Council (SNEC) approved a method for verifying community elders when it comes to its Child Welfare Working Group. The group is currently analysing and critiquing Canada’s Child and Family Services Act. SNEC passed the verification process at its Political Liaison Committee meeting on August 14. Arliss Skye, director of Six Nations Social Services said the government is searching for a way to verify an elder’s…

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