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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.

MNBC At A Glance

"MNBC At A Glance" provides an introductory to the Métis Nation British Columbia's Governance and Operational Structure. 

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MNBC At A Glance

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.