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Powley Day (Metis)

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

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Powley Day (Metis)

Known as “Powley Day”, September 19 celebrates the anniversary of the landmark Métis rights victory at the Supreme Court of Canada in R v Powley.

In Powley, the courts recognized that there were distinct Métis people and communities on the land before Canada became Canada, before Ontario became Ontario, with a culture and identity all their own, and that their rights were entrenched within Section 35 of Canada’s Constitution.

While other Métis rights cases had been fought in the courts before, Powley was the first to be appealed all the way up to the Supreme Court.