Quote: Originally Posted by JamesBondo
Someone said that a recent decision has affirmed that it is unlawful to sign away the aboriginal rights of your children?
I have no idea what you're talking about.
At one time you could sign away your status as First Nations for an education, land, British/Canadian citizenship, or to serve in the public sector.
But that practice ended years ago.
For example, if a great grandmother was metis, but married to a non-indian. Currently, the great grandchildren are 1/8th metis but probably aren't recognized as anything.
They would be recognized as Metis.
And Metis is capitalized btw.
They certainly aren't recognized by any of the bands.
The fact that Bands is also capitalized aside, I can not recall any Bands that do not recognize the Metis.
Oh there are purists out there that claim if you aren't Red River Metis, you aren't Metis. But fortunately Metis means of mixed blood, so what those idiots think is irrelevant.
Additionally, the government hasn't even recognized them as non-status indians.
See R v Powley
Will any of the recent decisions allow them to identify themselves with their history, possibly regain some of the more fundamental of aboriginal rights such as fishing without having to buy a fishing license from the gov?
The Metis already have harvesting rights.
Again, see R v Powley
Quote: Originally Posted by Liberalman
I was looking at my family tree and there is some aboriginal there I think and when I was young when I smoked up I said peace so it must have been a peace pipe so now I need to find out where the government office is to get the money.
When you find out can you PM me its whereabouts?
As a status Native, I'd love to get my hands on all this free money you people keep talking about.
Last edited by CDNBear; Jan 20th, 2013 at 01:46 PM..