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Doer Concedes Métis Right to Hunt 28 September 06

Metis sashIn an interview aired September 15, 2006 by Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), Premier Gary Doer acknowledged that Métis people today have the right to hunt. The Premier stated that the provincial government is prepared to implement the Powley Decision in Manitoba and honour the right of Métis individuals to exercise their hunting rights.

On September 19, 2003, the Supreme Court of Canada, in a unanimous judgment, said that the Powley's, as members of the Sault Ste Marie Métis community, can exercise a Métis right to hunt that is protected by Section 35 of Canada's Constitution.

The Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) and the Government of Manitoba, however, still do not agree on how the Powley Decision should be implemented. The Government of Manitoba will not recognize MMF's harvester cards; they see them as hunting licences and argue that the province does not delegate hunting licensing responsibility to First Nations.

View the transcript of the September 15, 2006 APTN news report (DOC)
Visit the APTN website
Visit the Manitoba Métis Federation website
View Indian and Northern Affairs Canada information on the Powley Decision

Source: APTN

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