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In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed the constitutional protection for the harvesting rights of the Métis.

This Powley Summary was written and prepared by Jean Teillet. Ms. Teillet is an Aboriginal rights lawyer with the law firm of Pape & Salter. She is also the great grand niece of Louis Riel.

Two Métis men, Steve and Roddy Powley killed a moose in 1993 and were charged with contravening Ontario hunting law. The men argued that section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982 protects the right of Métis to hunt for food. The case was appealed up to the Supreme Court of Canada, which ruled in favour of the Powleys in September 2003.

This booklet provides detailed, easy-to-understand information on Aboriginal harvesting rights. It explains what your options are if you've been charged with a harvesting offence (such as illegally hunting or fishing), including where to get legal help.

The booklet also tells you what happens in court during a harvesting rights trial, and what you can expect from your lawyer.

Harvesting Card Application Package

Download, print, and complete this form if you are not using the online Harvesting Card application form.

Harvesting Card Application Step 2 (Online Application Supplement)

Download, print, and complete this form if you are using the online Harvesting Card application form and have lost your supplemental document download.

Map of MNBC Chartered Communities

MNBC represents thirty-seven (38) Métis Chartered Communities in British Columbia and is mandated to develop and enhance opportunities for Métis communities by implementing culturally relevant social and economic programs and services.

The Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) represents nearly 70,000 self-identified Métis people in British Columbia, of that, over 16,500 are provincially registered Métis Citizens with MNBC.  Recognized by the Métis National Council, the Provincial Government of British Columbia and the Federal Government of Canada the Métis Nation British Columbia is the official governing body of the Métis in BC.

Note: This map is currently undergoing some updates. 

Registry Guide to Métis Citizenship

Registry Guide (PDF)