LAW & RIGHTS


THE MNOC RETAINS THE SERVICES OF WESTAWAY LAW GROUP

In 2017, the CFMPC retained the services of Westaway Law Group, a highly respected and successful law firm specializing in Aboriginal Law. The MNOC is pleased to announce that we will continue working with Westaway Law Group to advance important initiatives in the areas of social justice, health, education, economic development, harvesting and sound management of natural resources for ALL Métis peoples across the country

We feel confident that Westaway’s legal expertise and insightful guidance will represent a strong asset towards securing the tools our Métis peoples, treaty partners, and Métis communities require to live full and productive lives.

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WESTAWAY LAW GROUP

Suite 230, 55 Murray Street
Ottawa ON K1N 5M3

Tel: 613-722-9091
Fax: 613-722-9097

Web: westawaylaw.ca

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MÉTIS RIGHTS

In recognition that the Métis are recognized as one of Canada's three Indigenous Peoples under s.35 of the Canadian Constitution, and as Indian under the Daniels decision of the Supreme Court of Canada, we assert different rights from our brothers and sisters among the First Nations, Inuit and non-status Indians, taking into account the situation of the various Métis Nations in Canada.

We claim in the right to:

  1. Health programs and services;
  2. Safe housing;
  3. Traditional and cultural practices;
  4. Education;
  5. Economic development;
  6. Traditional harvesting practices, while ensuring sound management of  Natural Resources;
  7. Self-determination as Métis people        

We want to unite Métis communities in Canada, to convey their demands and to act as a conduit for political transmission to the federal government. We want ALL Métis, from sea to sea to sea, to be treated equally in their rights without discrimination and with the greatest respect for their important contribution to the development of our country, Canada.

We wish to maintain friendship and unity with the First Nations through reciprocal respect for our commonalities and our differences. 

Prepared by: Joël Ross, Métis Rights Coordinator

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The MNOC welcomes all donations for its JUSTICE Fund.

Thank you for supporting the MNOC!

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IMPORTANT MÉTIS COURT CASES

1 - R.v. Powley (2003) R. v. Powley 2003scr2_207-ENG-FR

2 - Daniels v. Canada (Indian Affairs and Northen Develop. -2016) Daniels v Canada 2016 SCC-CSC 12-ENG-FR

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The following section offers published work from various authors, all available on the internet. **Note:  The inclusion of these documents on our website does not mean that the MNOC agrees with all the authors. This list encourages awareness and awakening to the legalities, and even the controversy pertaining to Métis Rights. Unfortunately, not all resources are available in English and French. 

The indefensible in-betweenness or the spatio-legal arbitrariness of  the Métis fact in Quebec (Étienne Rivard, 2017) -The-indefensible-in-betweenness