Métis Rights Update

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In Manitoba Métis Federation Inc v Canada, 2013 SCC 14 the Manitoba Metis Federation sought to bring the federal and provincial governments to the negotiation table to reconcile the history of Crown conduct and its impact on the Manitoba Metis people. This paper examines this case, focussing on areas like these: the major issues of the case and their broader implications; the Supreme Court’s decision; the point at which the government’s fiduciary duty arose; how the honour of the Crown was engaged; whether Canada acted honourably; and other important areas of interest. Attached: a case discussion on R v Hirsekorn, 2013 ABCA 242.

This paper was presented at the Constitutional Symposium seminar held in October 2013.

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