A bill to amend the Indian Act has been delayed, at least for now.

Bill C-428 is the brainchild of northern Saskatchewan MP Rob Clarke.

Clarke maintains the act is archaic and badly in need of repair.

For several months now, the bill has worked its way through the House of Commons.

It passed committee reading in May and was scheduled to be voted on sometime this spring.

However, the Commons broke early, so Clarke says he was forced to juggle the bill’s schedule so he didn’t lose it altogether:

“What I had to do — is I had to adjourn it or postpone it for third reading until September 19.”

Clarke says since the bill has seen some changes since it was first introduced, including the removal of a portion dealing with wills and estates.

He says he will travel the country during the summer to get more feedback about the bill.