Akwesasne Blazes Another Trail of Victory in Ontario Legislature – Bill 173 will honor indigenous naming practices within the province of Ontario

Akwesasne has gained a victory in regards to the human rights complaint filed to the Ontario Provincial government by Iakonikonriiosta, an Akwesasronon and resident of Kawenohke- Cornwall Island, ON; the northern portion of the territory.  Bill 173 will honor indigenous naming practices within the province of Ontario, allowing individuals to go by a single traditional name, for those that wish to do so. Iakonikonriiosta filed this complaint with the Ontario Provincial government in December of 2014, after recognizing the barriers her children, who all carry a single moniker, faced at the many aspects of adult and professional life. After the terrorist attacks on 9/11, it became increasingly difficult or impossible for individuals who carry a single name to acquire Social Insurance numbers in Canada, as the government no longer accepted the Mohawk Nation birth certificates. According to Iakonikonriiosta, it took about six months to get an answer, and in June of

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