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(Ottawa ¨C Ontario) On October 8, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada heard final arguments on Daniels v Canada. On Friday, April 8, the Supreme Court announced that it will be delivering its final judgement on the case at 9:45 am EDT on Thursday, April 14, 2016.
The Daniels case was initiated by well-known M¨¦tis leader Harry Daniels in 1999. The case will answer the longstanding question of whether the M¨¦tis and non-status Indians are included within the meaning of s. 91(24) of The Constitution Act, 1867, which grants ¡°exclusive Legislative Authority¡± for ¡°Indians, and Lands reserved for the Indians¡± to the federal Parliament.
Currently M¨¦tis are excluded from federal comprehensive and specific claims processes available to First Nations and the Inuit and denied access to desperately needed programs available to other Indigenous peoples.
¡°While a positive outcome in the Daniels case won¡¯t change this reality overnight,¡± stated M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario (MNO) President Gary Lipinski, ¡°it will remove one of the last vestiges used by Canada historically to justify its inaction when it comes to dealing with M¨¦tis.¡±
¡°We anticipate the Supreme Court will uphold the positive decisions made by the lower courts,¡± added President Lipinski, ¡°and this will begin a constructive dialogue between the M¨¦tis Nation and the government of Canada.¡±
Posted on April 11, 2016See ALL news articles