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
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.
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
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