Canada’s Supreme Court has ruled the government failed to hand out land grants properly to the Metis indigenous group 142 years ago.
In a 6-2 ruling, the top court said the failure was “not a matter of occasional negligence, but of repeated mistakes and inaction”.
The Metis are descendants of indigenous people and European immigrants.
The land was promised in a 1870 law, to settle a rebellion of existing Metis amid a wave of settlement in Manitoba.
After delays, it was eventually distributed via a lottery that largely benefited European settlers.