The Mikisew Cree First Nation has lost its appeal about Indigenous consultation when the federal government is drafting new legislation.
The Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled, on Thursday, Federal Ministers don’t have to have discussions with Métis and First Nation people when bringing in new laws.
Mikisew Cree first brought this matter to court after the Harper-era conservatives introduced two pieces of omnibus legislation with significant effects on Canada’s environmental protection.
They felt this affected their treaty rights and should have been consulted with beforehand.
In its decision, Canada’s highest court says while Parliament needs to act “honourably” towards Indigenous people during this process, there isn’t a requirement to consult before a bill is tabled.
-With Files from Elizabeth Priest