The greatest opportunity for change in the history of Métis and Non-Status Indians is right in front of us.
The Daniels Decision, the culmination of a 17-year long legal battle between the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) and the Government of Canada, has made it clear which level of government is legally accountable for Métis and Non-Status Indian interests –the Federal Government.
On October 22, 1993, Steve and Roddy Powley killed a bull moose just outside Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. They tagged their catch with a Métis card and a note that read “harvesting my meat for winter”. The Powleys were charged with hunting moose without a license and unlawful possession of moose. In 1998, the trial judge ruled that the Powleys have a Métis right to hunt that is protected by s. 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.