Edmonton, AB – Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Dear MNA Citizens,
This Thursday the Supreme Court of Canada will be releasing its decision in the long awaited Harry Daniels v. Canada litigation at 7:45 a.m. (Alberta time).
This significant litigation is about whether the federal government has constitutional responsibility for the Métis Nation in the same way it does for First Nation and Inuit peoples.
If the lower court decisions are upheld, this will be yet another victory for the Métis Nation. It will strengthen our hand even further in finally getting the federal government to the negotiating table to deal with our rights and outstanding claims here in Alberta.
I, along with a delegation from Alberta, will be attending at the Supreme Court in Ottawa. We will provide updates to our citizens back home as soon as they become available on Thursday.
For those of you interested in learning more about the Daniels case, a summary that was prepared for the MNA is attached. As well, the MNA’s legal counsel (Jason Madden) wrote an opinion article for the Edmonton Journal last year that discusses what the Daniels case means for Alberta Métis. A copy of that article is available at:
We are optimistic that Thursday will mark another victory for Métis rights!
Audrey Poitras, President
Métis Nation of Alberta
Daniels Case Documentation:
Madden, J. (2015, October 5). What the daniels case means for alberta métis: opinion. The Edmonton Journal. Retrieved from http://edmontonjournal.com/news/national/what-the-daniels-case-means-for-alberta-metis-opinion
Madden, J. and Teillet, J. (2015, April 17). Daniels v. canada, 2014 fca 101: Understanding the federal court of appeal’s decision. Pape Salter Teiller LLP. Retrieved from http://www.pstlaw.ca/resources/DanielsvCanada-2014-FCA101.pdf