Taiwan Expressing Interest In Indian Act

Friday, April 17, 2009 at 12:27



Taiwanese legislators are reportedly taking a hard look at Canada’s Indian Act.


Northern Saskatchewan MP Rob Clarke was one of several parliamentarians to visit the country recently on what was billed as a cultural and economic exchange.


Clarke says he was surprised to learn that Taiwan has an Indigenous population of about 500,000 people.


He says Taiwanese officials he spoke to indicated they were wanting to find a legislative tool for dealing with their Indigenous peoples.


Clarke says he was in the Asian country to drum up business for northern Saskatchewan’s cattle, forestry, trapping, fishing and wild rice industries.


He believes great progress has been made, as many high-ranking Taiwanese officials are now planning to visit Saskatchewan’s north.