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EVENT - The Powley Case

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On October 22, 1993, father and son...
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On October 22, 1993, father and son, Steve and Roddy Powley killed a bull moose just outside Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. They tagged their catch with a Métis card and a note that read “harvesting my meat for winter”. One week later, the Powleys were charged by Conservation Officers for hunting moose without a license and unlawful possession of moose contrary to Ontario’s Game and Fish Act.The Métis Nation of Ontario decided to use the charges against the Powleys as a test case, providing full political and financial support throughout. At both the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada, the Métis National Council, on behalf of the entire Métis Nation, intervened in support of the case and provided financial support.Over 10 years, the case was fought in all levels of court and on September 19, 2003, the Supreme Court of Canada, in a unanimous judgment, said that the Powleys, as members of the Sault Ste, Marie Métis community, can exercise a Métis right to hunt that is protected by s. 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.The Powley decision marked a new day for the Métis Nation in Canada. The Supreme Court’s decision was respectful affirmation of what the Métis people have always believed and stood up for.

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