Canada’s Metis win 142-year-old land ruling

Metis of Canada

Metis of Canada

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.


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