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Landmark Case: Equality Rights, the Indian Act, and the Canadian Bill of Rights – R. v. Drybones

Each OJEN Landmark Case includes a case summary, classroom discussion questions and worksheets that encourage students to explore both the legal and societal importance of the case.

In 1970, in the case of R. v. Drybones, the majority of the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) considered s. 94(b) of the Indian Act. This section made it an offence for an Indian to be intoxicated off a reserve. In effect, the section singled out Indians because there was no similar legislation penalizing intoxicated non-Indians.

The SCC ruled that this section contravened the equality guarantee in s. 1(b) of the Canadian Bill of Rights and struck down the offending section.

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2 thoughts on “Landmark Case: Equality Rights, the Indian Act, and the Canadian Bill of Rights – R. v. Drybones”

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  2. Hi there – unfortunately, there is not. While many of our resources now include more support for teachers, like answer keys, the “Landmark Case” platform did not include these. For the most part, though, the required information is within the text of the resource. Apart from subjective questions that seek critical/analytical thinking we tend not to ask questions that would require information not provided within the resource itself. Thanks!


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