Rights for all Aboriginals should be upheld

“It’s been a long tough road for Métis people in this Country to get the recognition they are entitled to. This is a big step,” added SGEU President Bob Bymoen.

Regina (22 Jan. 2013) —The recent Federal court decision recognizing that Métis and non-status Indians in Canada are "Indians" under the Constitution Act should be applauded, not appealed, according to the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees' Union (SGEU/NUPGE) and its Fostering Acceptance of Indigenous Rights (FAIR) committee.

”It should have been done long ago,” said Sharon Rose, Chair of the SGEU FAIR committee.

“Métis, non-status and status Indians are all Aboriginals. It’s about time they are treated the same.”

The decision could see 400,000 Métis and 200,000 non-status Indians qualify for the same services and rights as other First Nations people in Canada, including programs that are only available to on-reserve First Nations.

“It’s been a long tough road for Métis people in this Country to get the recognition they are entitled to. This is a big step,” added SGEU President Bob Bymoen.

SGEU/NUPGE urges the federal government to sit down with representatives of the affected groups and negotiate agreements that acknowledge and support the constitutional rights that the Court has now recognized.

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