North Slave Métis Take Feds To Court Over Devolution

The North Slave Métis are upset for being left out of the devolution talks.  Although included in the beginning, they were later excluded, and feel that they weren’t consulted.  They feel strongly enough about it to take the federal government to court.

“The response has been negative and recently the minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada informed us that since the North Slave Metis Alliance doesn’t meet the definition of an aboriginal organization in the devolution agreement, there will be no place at the table for the alliance,” said North Slave Metis Alliance president Bill Enge.

“The North Slave Metis Alliance was part of the devolution process starting in 1997 all the way up to 2006, at which time the aboriginal summit – the vehicle for negotiating devolution – disbanded,” said Enge. “From 2006 to the present, the North Slave Metis Alliance has never been approached by either the GNWT or the government of Canada to be a part of the reinvigorated devolution negotiations.”

To read all about it visit CBC News:  North Slave Métis Fight Feds Over Devolution, published March 5, 2013.

RESOURCES: 

Metis Alliance Suing Federal Government, Northern News Service online.

 

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