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Supreme Court quashes seismic testing in Nunavut, but gives green light to Enbridge Line 9 pipeline

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Aerial view of Clyde River, Nunavut.

Top court delivers landmark rulings on consultation process with Indigenous Peoples over energy projects

By John Paul Tasker, CBC News, July 26, 2017

The Supreme Court of Canada has quashed plans for seismic testing in Nunavut, delivering a major victory to Inuit who argued they were inadequately consulted before the National Energy Board gave oil companies the green light to conduct the disruptive activity. Read the rest of this entry

Metis, Off-Reserve Natives Win Indian Status In Supreme Court Ruling

The Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously ruled that Metis and non-status are “Indians” under the Constitution.

“Non-status Indians and Metis are ‘Indians’ under (the Constitution) and it is the federal government to whom they can turn,” the unanimous 9-0 ruling said.

The high court was also asked to rule on whether the federal government has the same responsibility to them as to status Indians and Inuit.

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Métis rights case finally before Supreme Court of Canada

In 1999, prominent Métis leader Harry Daniels started the landmark Métis and non-status Indian rights case that is before the Supreme Court Thursday. Daniels died in 2004. (Métis Council of Prince Edward Island)

In 1999, prominent Métis leader Harry Daniels started the landmark Métis and non-status Indian rights case that is before the Supreme Court Thursday. Daniels died in 2004. (Métis Council of Prince Edward Island)

It took 16 years to get the case heard by the high court

By Karina Roman, CBC News, Oct 8, 2015

A much anticipated court case about Métis and non-status Indian rights is finally before the Supreme Court of Canada Thursday, 16 years after the legal wrangling began.

The top court is being asked to determine whether the approximately 200,000 Métis and 400,000 non-status Indians in Canada have the right to be treated as “Indians” under the Constitution Act and fall under federal jurisdiction.

Métis and non-status Indians argue that because neither the provinces nor Ottawa have been willing to accept jurisdiction, they have fallen through the cracks. Read the rest of this entry

Tsilhqot’in land ruling was a game changer for B.C.

Chief Roger William, right, of the Xeni Gwet'in First Nation is flanked by chiefs and other officials as he pauses while speaking during a news conference in Vancouver after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favour of the Tsilhqot'in First Nation, granting it land title to 438,000 hectares of land. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

Chief Roger William, right, of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation is flanked by chiefs and other officials as he pauses while speaking during a news conference in Vancouver after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favour of the Tsilhqot’in First Nation, granting it land title to 438,000 hectares of land. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

The Tsilhqot’in, after years of being ignored by government, now a priority for B.C.’s premier

By Duncan McCue, CBC News, Dec 23, 2014

The sun had yet to rise in British Columbia on June 26, when a group of Tsilhqot’in chiefs congregated with legal advisers to receive their copy of a long-awaited decision from the Supreme Court of Canada.

By 6:01 a.m. PT, it was clear: the highest court in the land had issued B.C. quite a wake-up call.

As First Nations leaders began expressing joy and surprise on social media, myself and other groggy reporters nursing coffees hustled to a hastily called press conference, where chiefs triumphantly proclaimed the decision a “game changer.” Read the rest of this entry