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Federal Court grants rights to Métis, non-status Indians
Off-reserve aboriginal people are 'Indians' and entitled to same constitutional rightsThe federal government has lost the latest battle in a 13-year legal fight over its responsibilities to Métis and non-status Indians.
On Tuesday, the Federal Court ruled that 200,000 Métis and 400,000 non-status Indians in Canada are indeed "Indians" under the Constitution Act, and fall under federal jurisdiction.
The decision helps to more clearly outline Ottawa's responsibilities toward the two aboriginal groups.
"The recognition of Métis and non-status Indian as Indians under section 91(24) should accord a further level of respect and reconciliation by removing the constitutional uncertainty surrounding these groups," Federal Court Judge Michael Phelan writes.
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