BC Metis Federation is notifying members that the Daniels Case which will have major impacts on Metis and Non Status Indians will have a federal Court of Appeal ruling tomorrow.
Federal Court of Appeal decision on Daniels case to be released Thursday, April 17
The release of the Federal Court of Appeal’s highly anticipated decision on Daniels v. Canada will take place on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Daniels v Canada concerns whether the Government of Canada has a constitutional responsibility to Métis people in the same way it does for First Nations and Inuit.
The case was initiated by now deceased Métis leader Harry Daniels, for the purpose of forcing the federal government to acknowledge that Métis people fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government and should enjoy rights and recognition comparable to First Nations. The Federal Court of Canada ruled that Daniels v. Canada establishes that Métis fall under federal jurisdiction and meet the definition of “Indian,” outlined in the Canadian Constitution. Following this ruling the federal government appealed the decision and the case went to the Federal Court of Appeal. At the Federal Court of Appeal, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) had intervener status and argued that the federal government does have responsibility for the Métis.
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