The Métis Hunt for Justice: The Powley Documentary
Catalogue Number: LM0032
Producer: LeMay Media
Producers: LeMay, Matt
Directors: LeMay, Matt
Producing Agencies: Indigenous Geographic
Subject: Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, Criminal Justice & Law, Documentary, First Nations Studies, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Social Sciences
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2023
Running Time: 62:49
On September 19, 2003, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down its unanimous judgment in R. v. Powley. It recognized the Sault Ste. Marie Métis community located in the Upper Great Lakes region of north central Ontario and affirmed that this Métis community holds Métis rights protected by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.
The Powley case was—and remains—the only high court decision that has confirmed the existence of a rights-bearing Métis community in Canada. This defining moment in Métis history established an important legal precedent in modern Indigenous law.
Métis Hunt for Justice: the Powley Story is a powerful documentary recounting the profound struggle of Ontario Métis against marginalization and the denial of their very existence, as well as the immense impact of the Powley case over the last 20 years.
Featuring archival footage and interviews with Métis citizens from Sault Ste. Marie, plus new research and commentary by trial judges, current leaders, and others involved in the case - this is the definitive account of the Powley case and what it has meant for Métis in Canada.
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