This place has a lot of free land no one needs it, belongs to us
you are to hereby cede all rights, land and titles.
so I'm no longer indigenous
Before the indian act Laws were being made by eurpeon settlers in order to obtain more land. Eventuallly in 1876 those laws and new ones formed the indian act. The new laws had different motives but still against first nations.
In 1876 a group of laws were made. with the ultimate purpose to assimilate indigenous people into European culture. These laws did not view indigenous people as independent people who could speak for themselves, rather as someone who had to be controlled.
Why am I forced to live here only because of the colour of my skin
The act specifically pointed out who was indigenous and who wasn't . For example any indigenous man, his child and his wife was considered indigenous. If an eurpeon woman married an indigenous man she was now also indigenous under the law. However if an indigenous woman married a eurpeon man, she was now eurpeon
Indigenous people were forced off land and onto small reserves. These lands were also not theirs they couldn't be left or sold by them. They had to give up all privileges to the European settlers.
Residential schools were also part of the Indian act. Schools meant to demolish the indigenous culture out of a child. One part of the Indian act was to make these schools mandatory for every first nations child. These schools were run by nuns and were meant to specifically assimilate children into European culture.
the Indian act has been amended and and replaced several times but never completely abolished because over the years it became a necessity for first nations to keep them out of a mess. These days indigenous people face racism and oppression in society.