Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA)
Oral Presentation Session
This presentation by a practicing lawyer in the area of Aboriginal rights will provide a brief discussion of recognition of Aboriginal rights-holders in Canadian case law. It will start with the legal foundation for identifying Métis rights-holders from the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Powley (2003) and move on to other cases providing guidance of what we might expect a Métis rights-bearing community to look like. The presentation will contrast the legal process for identifying rights-holders with practical aspects of advancing and protecting Métis rights in the present day. It will leave the audience with a better idea of the challenges and outstanding questions about turning the asserted rights and governance of Métis communities into recognized, actionable and enforceable rights at law, as well as the role of anthropologists, historians and other experts in informing this valuable work.