Feds to appeal landmark ruling on Metis and non-status Indians

John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, at a press conference...

John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, at a press conference announcing legislation for the First Nations Election Act, at the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau QC., December 6, 2011. (JOHN MAJOR/QMI AGENCY)

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The federal government announced Wednesday it will appeal a landmark court decision that would almost double the population of "Indians" in Canada as defined under the Constitution Act that would have serious implications for taxpayers.

In January, Judge Michael Phelan of the Federal Court ruled 200,000 Metis and 400,000 non-status Indians fell under federal jurisdiction and helped to carve out Ottawa's responsibilities after a lengthy legal battle which ensued over more than a decade.

But in a statement issued Wednesday, Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan indicated the feds will appeal the Federal Court decision in Daniels v. Canada because it raises "complex legal issues."


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