Native Studies Colloquium: Daniels v. Canada

Daniels v. Canada: In and Beyond the Courts

A discussion with editor Dr. Nathalie Kermoal & contributor Jason Madden

Come join our weekly UMNATV colloquium panel discussing and visiting with some of the best speakers, leaders, and researchers in Indigenous Studies on Turtle Island!

Information on the book:

This book analyzes the impact of the case Daniels v. Canada at the Supreme Court, which determined that Métis and non-status Indians were “Indians” under section 91(24) of the Constitution Act, 1867. This represented an important court victory that has powerfully shaped Métis relationships with the federal government and continues to reverberate far beyond its immediate policy implications. Bringing together scholars and practitioners from a wide array of professional contexts, this volume demonstrates the power of Supreme Court of Canada cases to directly and indirectly shape our conversations about and conceptions of what Indigeneity is, what its boundaries are, and what Canadians believe Indigenous peoples are “owed.”


Dr. Nathalie Kermoal is a proud Breton (a people located on the West coast of France), a professor and the Director of the Rupertsland Center for Métis Research in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. She holds a PhD in History from the University of Ottawa. She has published five books (among them Living on the Land: Indigenous Women Understanding of Place co-edited with Isabel Altamirano-Jimenez, Athabasca University Press) and numerous articles in academic journals and collective volumes. Her areas of research interests are Métis studies, urban Indigenous history, and Indigenous Women’s Issues. Since 2009, Nathalie is the Associate-Dean Academic of the Faculty of Native Studies.

Jason Madden is a citizen of the Métis Nation and a descendant of the ‘Halfbreeds of Rainy Lake and River’ who collectively adhered to Treaty No. 3 in 1875. He is managing partner of the law firm Pape Salter Teillet LLP and is called to the bar in Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. He has been involved much of the Métis rights litigation advanced from Ontario westward over the last 15 years, including acting as counsel in Métis harvesting rights cases such as R. v. Goodon, R. v. Laviolette, R. v. Belhumeur, R. v. Hirsekorn. In the Daniels case, he acted as counsel for the interveners Manitoba Métis Federation before the Federal Court of Appeal and for the Métis National Council before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Winter 2021 Colloquium (online only)
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