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Where do we go from here? Canada’s Forgotten Peoples

By Betty Ann Lavallée      

As the national chief for the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, I would like to take this opportunity to provide my opinion about the recent historic ruling issued through the Federal Court by Michael Phelan regarding the recognition that Métis and non-status Indians are Indians within the Constitution (Daniels vs. the Queen). This discussion comes at a critical time, probably more so, since the Crown has decided to appeal the decision. I will explain the reason as to why we went to court, and where we hope to see ourselves going forward.

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Centre Block reno, welcome centre construction pegged at upwards of $5-billion by PSPC, to finish by 2030-31

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