What That Canadian Federal Court Ruling on
Métis Hunting Rights Actually Says
As we explain in a January 21, 2013 Email Extra Bulletin and in a more expanded story in the February 2013 issue of The Hunting Report, the Canadian Federal Court has ruled that Métis (people of mixed Native-Canadian and European heritage) have the same aboriginal subsistence hunting rights as Native Canadians regardless of where they live. Some provinces have allowed these rights to Métis living on reserves or living a subsistence lifestyle to hunt in their traditional areas, but this ruling gives even urban dwellers the same rights. Since there are, by some estimates, as many as 600,000 people who can claim Métis rights, and since many are hunters, this ruling is likely to have an immediate impact on wildlife populations and long-term implications for the management of some species, at least in some areas.
Below is a copy of the court ruling it in its entirety so you can read for yourself what Métis hunting rights will be: