Top court to rule on Metis land-claim appeal
OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday will settle a land dispute more than a century in the making.
The long-running legal battle stems from a deal that ultimately made Manitoba Canada's fifth province.
The Manitoba Metis Federation claims the federal government never lived up to its obligation to set aside thousands of kilometres of land — including all of present-day Winnipeg — for the Red River Metis and their children.
Government lawyers counter that the Metis lawsuit was filed far too long after the land deal, and that Ottawa did not actually violate its side of the agreement.
Should the Supreme Court side with the Manitoba Metis Federation, it could potentially open the door to land-claim negotiations.
The case has been in and out of the courts for 30 years.