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The MNC’s Supreme Court Intervention in Powley

The Métis National Council (MNC) intervened at the Supreme Court of Canada in support of Steve and Roddy Powley and the historic Sault Ste. Marie Métis Community. This intervention was presented by MNC Co-Counsel, Clement Chartier, at the Supreme Court.

In its submission, the MNC states that, “the Métis community at Sault Ste. Marie is a part of the Métis Nation,” situated within a broader Métis community in the Upper Great Lakes, and “is one of the oldest and well-recognized Métis communities within Canada” which “was regarded as ‘home base’ for many families who moved throughout the Métis Nation as part of back and forth movement of the fur trade.”

The MNC also cites important historical events, such as the Mica Bay Uprising and inclusion of Métis in Treaty 3, as helping to crystalize “Métis Nation's self-realization of its existence as a people”. It concludes that, “the Sault Ste. Marie Métis community is a part of the Métis Nation based on the evidence demonstrating its connection to the larger nation and its acceptance by the Métis Nation.”

This intervention was made on behalf of the entire Métis Nation and helped to ensure the ultimate success of the Powley case, which continues to benefit Métis throughout the Homeland today.

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