Table of contents

Ch. 1 Daniels in Context
Ch. 2 Harry Daniels and Section 91 (24) of the British North America Act
Ch. 3 After the Hysteria: Understanding Daniels v. Canada from a Métis Nation Perspective
Ch. 4 Daniels v Canada: A Framework for Redress
Ch. 5 The Other Declarations in Daniels: Fiduciary Obligations and the Duty to Negotiate
Ch. 4 Racism, Canadian Jurisprudence, and the de-Peopling of the Métis in Daniels
Ch. 5 Daniels Through an International Law Lens
Ch. 6 Daniels v. Canada Beyond Jurisprudential Interpretation: What to do Once the Horse has Left the Barn
Ch. 7 Outlining the Origins of “Eastern métis” Studies
Ch. 8 Making Kin in a Postgenomic World: Indigenous Belonging after the Genome
Ch. 9 How We Know Who We Are: Historical Literacy, Kinscapes, and Defining a People
Conclusion: The Multiple Lives of the Daniels Case


In Daniels v. Canada the Supreme Court determined that Métis and non-status Indians were “Indians” under section 91(24) of the Constitution Act, 1867, one of a number of court victories that has powerfully shaped Métis relationships with the federal government.

However, the decision (and the case) 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.”

Attention to Daniels v. Canada’s variegated impacts also demonstrates the extent to which the power of the courts extend and refract far deeper and into a much wider array of social arenas than we often give them credit for. This volume demonstrates the importance of understanding “law” beyond its jurisprudential manifestations, but it also points to the central importance of respecting the power of court cases in how law is carried out in a liberal nation-state such as Canada.