The court hears arguments in case #28533, Her Majesty the Queen v. Steve Powley, et al., on March 17, 2003.
On October 22, 1993, Steve Powley and his son Roddy Powley shot and killed a bull moose near Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. They were later charged with unlawfully hunting moose and knowingly possessing game hunted in contravention of the Game and Fish Act. They both pleaded not guilty, on the ground that, as Métis, they have an Aboriginal right to hunt for food in the area. The trial court, Superior Court of Ontario, and Ontario Court of Appeal all agreed with the Powleys. The Ontario government is now appealing those decisions to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Lawyer Ivan G. Whitehall speaks on behalf of the Attorney General of Canada, an intervener in the case. Lawyer Gabriel Bourgeois speaks on behalf of the Attorney General of New Brunswick, an intervener in the case. Lawyer Deborah L. Carlson speaks on behalf of the Attorney General of Manitoba, an intervener in the case.