In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously ruled that Metis and non-status, are Indians under the Constitution.
The ruling extends the federal government’s responsibility to approximately 200,000 Metis and 400,000 non-status Aboriginals who do not benefit from certain programs.
Gary Lipinski, who is the President of the Metis Nation of Ontario, says that this will help those impacted by this decision, meet some very basic needs.
He went on to say that there is a long history of the government refusing to recognize Metis people as Aboriginals.
Lipinski added that this is the first step in a very long journey to making sure everyone’s rights are upheld.