Federation signs treaty with Barrington area Métis Council

Published on October 7, 2015

Elder Paul Crowell looks on as Chief Tony Cunningham signs the treaty with sub chief Rick Crowell by his side.

BARRINGTON -The Métis Federation of Canada has signed a Treaty with the Sou'West Nova Métis Council of Barrington Passage.

In a release, the Federation said it had ten treaties in place with Métis groups, including four Métis organizations in Nova Scotia.

Robert Pilon, the president of federation, noted the western Shelburne County council had been supportive of its position with the upcoming Harry Daniels case in the Supreme Court of Canada, a case that deals with the question of whether the country's Métis and non-status Indians have a right to the same programs and services as First Nations and Inuit.

“This is a very important case and it is largely because of support from our many partners, including the Sou'West Nova Métis, that we have been successful in being granted Intervenor Status with leave to present oral arguments at the Supreme Court of Canada on Oct. 8,” he wrote. “As president of the MFC, I am very proud to have the Sou'West Nova Métis join the Metis Federation of Canada and look forward to working with Chief Tony Cunningham and his council towards promoting Métis unity and rights.”