Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Guardian Unlimited | World dispatch | Canada's forgotten people: "For years, they called themselves the 'forgotten people'. Last week, Canada's supreme court ruled that the M�tis - descendants of early white settlers and natives - are in fact a distinct people with significant rights.
The high court ruled that the M�tis have the same hunting rights as native Indians and the Inuit. That decision will likely force federal and provincial governments to negotiate with the M�tis on other rights enjoyed by Canada's aboriginal people, including access to other natural resources and special government services.
The ruling was a turning point in a 130-year battle for recognition of about 300,000 Canadians of mixed European and native ancestry."

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