Nfld. & Labrador

Supreme Court of Canada turns down N.L. appeal on Métis case

The Labrador Métis Nation won a legal victory Thursday, when the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear an application from the Newfoundland and Labrador government.

The Labrador Métis Nation won a legal victory Thursday, when the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear an application from the Newfoundland and Labrador government.

The top court said it would not consider an appeal from the provincial government about a Newfoundland Supreme Court of Appeal decision relating to consultations with the Métis on development.

The Labrador Métis Nation went to court in 2005 to force the province to consult with the organization — which does not have a land claims agreement — about a new highway planned between Cartwright and Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

Both the trials and appeals divisions of Newfoundland Supreme Court ruled in favour of the Labrador Métis Nation.

Métis leaders have said the court ruling set a precedent for future rights. The Newfoundland and Labrador government has maintained that no precedent was set.