The Queen v. Steve Powley, et al. (Part 1 of 4)

Supreme Court Hearings

The Queen v. Steve Powley, et al. (Part 1 of 4)

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 Lori Sterling presents arguments on behalf of the Crown, responding to questions from various justices.