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The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Daniels v. Canada has been 17 years in the making. Learn how this landmark case will forever change the landscape for Métis, non-status Indians, government and the broader Indigenous community.

For years jurisdictional uncertainty has loomed: does the federal or provincial government have constitutional responsibility for issues affecting Métis and non-status Indians? This question has now been answered definitively- the federal government has authority. This dramatic shift will have far reaching implications not only for Métis and non-status communities, but for all indigenous peoples in Canada, as well as the federal and provincial governments.

In this OsgoodePD webinar, our expert faculty will guide you through the decision and its significance. You will benefit by hearing directly from counsel involved in the Daniels case.

Issues to be discussed include:

  • Background – the history, parties, and the Federal Court/Federal Court of Appeal decisions
  • The Daniels ruling – the black, white and grey areas
    • The SCC’s approach to the definition of Métis and non-status Indians
  • The declarations that weren’t granted- fiduciary duty and the obligation to consult
  • The division of powers – effect of Daniels on the federal and provincial governments
  • How will this ruling impact treaties, claims processes and access to federal programs, services, and benefits for Métis and non-status Indians?
  • Canada’s responsibility to negotiate and enter into treatises with Métis and non-status Indians in light of Daniels
  • What does Daniels mean for First Nations and Inuit communities?
  • The way forward:
    • Will the federal government choose to legislate on behalf of Métis and non-status Indians?
    • If the federal government does not legislate – what then?
    • Next steps for the federal government: reviewing federal programs to assess the likelihood of Charter equality and human rights challenges; discussions with provinces to clarify the division of responsibly
    • Next steps for Métis and non-status communities: moving quickly to start the conversation
    • Future discussions between Canada, Métis and non-status communities – how will this look? Continuing the conversation of rights, interests, programs and services



  • Jean Teillet, IPC, Counsel to the Firm, Pape Salter Teillet LLP


  • Thomas Isaac, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP and Ministerial Special Representative on Métis Rights
  • Mark R. Kindrachuk, Q.C., Senior General Counsel, Justice Canada
  • Andrew Lokan, Paliare Roland LLP; Represented The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples in Daniels

Group Discounts

Please note that the group discount is only available when paying for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.

Webcast Fee per Delegate

2-3 delegates: 25% off program fee
4-10 delegates: 30% off program fee
11+ delegates: 35% off program fee
Boardroom rates available.


The video stream, including link to program materials will be sent to you via email as soon as payment is successfully processed.


All sales are final. Please make all enquiries related to program content and CPD/MCLE credit hours prior to purchase.

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Program Details

Delivery Method

Web - Program On Demand

Date Recorded
May 26, 2016
Running Time


Fee per Delegate

$100 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Indigenous leaders, councillors and advisors
  • Government policy advisors, lawyers and officials – federal, provincial and municipal sectors
  • Negotiators and mediators for indigenous communities, government and industry
  • Lawyers practicing in the areas of Aboriginal law, natural resources, environmental and Constitutional law

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