Manitoba Metis Federation response to Federal Court of Appeal's ruling on Daniels Case

April 15, 2014

WINNIPEG, MB - President David Chartrand of the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) will be responding to questions regarding the Federal Court of Appeal’s ruling on the Daniels case expected to be released the morning of April 17, 2014.

The  MMF was an intervenor before the Federal Court of Appeal October, 2013 hearing in the appeal of Daniels v. Canada, [2013].

The intervention by the MMF presented arguments towards upholding the trial judge’s decision that the Métis are included within 91(24) of the Constitution Act, 1867, and to support the distinctiveness of the Metis Nation, and the Manitoba Metis Community, as expressed by earlier rulings of the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) in Powley, Blais, and Cunningham, and in the SCC’s recent MMF v Canada and Manitoba Land Claim Decision.

Daniels v. Canada, [2013] was a decision of the Federal Court of Canada. It held that persons who are Métis or non-status Indians are "Indians" for the purposes of interpreting s. 91(24). This decision was appealed by Canada to the Federal Court of Canada.

MMF President David Chartrand will be available for interviews following the decision’s release. Media may arrange these through the MMF Acting Director of Communications John Vandale.
Phone: (204) 586-8474
Cell: (204) 782-7004

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