Congress of Aboriginal Peoples heads to the Federal Court of Appeal to ensure that the Harry Daniels Landmark Federal Court Ruling is upheld

daniels- harry daniels_Web(OTTAWA) October 28, 2013 – National Chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (Congress, CAP), Betty Ann Lavallée, CD, (Ret’d), will be present at the Federal Court of Appeal hearing in Ottawa, Tuesday October 29, 2013. The legal proceedings are expected to last several days.

National Chief Lavallée expressed optimism that the decision will be upheld despite the Crown’s decision to appeal Justice Michael Phelan’s landmark ruling of Daniels v. the Queen.

On January 8, 2013, Justice Michael Phelan of the Federal Court of Canada ruled that Métis and Non-Status are Indians under subsection 91 (24) of the Constitution Act, 1867. The ruling granted recognition to over 600,000 Métis and non-status Indians. The Government of Canada chose to appeal.

Leading the Harry Daniels Appeal on behalf of the Congress is Lead Counsel, Joseph E. Magnet, Constitutional Expert and Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa.

Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Time: 9:30 A.M. EST
Location: Federal Court of Appeal
10th Floor, D’Arcy McGee Building
90 Sparks Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H9

Since 1971, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (Formerly known as the Native Council of Canada) has been the National Representative Organization and the National Voice for the constituency and their Affiliate Organizations making up the Congress’ family of advocates for the Off-Reserve, Non-Status, and Status Indians, Métis and Southern Inuit Aboriginal Peoples living in urban, rural remote and isolated areas throughout Canada.  Today, over 75% of Aboriginal Peoples live off-reserve.

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For further information or to arrange an interview with National Chief Lavallée, contact:
Julian Morelli
Director of Communications
Congress of Aboriginal Peoples
(613) 747 6022

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