Ontario Recognizes Indigenous Marriage Ceremonies

From news.ontario.ca:

The government of Ontario has amended the Marriage Act to enable Indigenous officiants to perform marriage ceremonies according to their customs and traditions, and to submit a marriage for registration with the Ontario Registrar General. These changes, which come into force today, recognize the role of Indigenous communities and organizations in designating marriage officiants.

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Changes to the Marriage Act will allow a person to solemnize a marriage in Ontario if they:

  • Belong to a band, a First Nation, Métis, or Inuit organization or community; or a permanently established Indigenous entity, located in whole or in part in Ontario.
  • Are recognized by the band, First Nation, Métis or Inuit organization or community or Indigenous entity as entitled to perform marriages in accordance with its customs and traditions.
  • Are registered to solemnize marriages under the Marriage Act.

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