The Federal Court of Appeal has upheld that Métis are synonymous to Status Indians under the Canadian Constitution. However, non-status Indians were exempted from the ruling. President of the Metis National Council, Clement Chartier, was “very pleased” Métis have won. Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt’s people wrote that they were "pleased" that non-status Indians were excluded from the ruling.
The Alberta government continues to show it has yet to learn from decades of miscommunication and tense relations with both First Nations in Fort Chipewyan following another bungled opportunity for cooperation in the area of health.
Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation seems to have mastered the art of biting the hand that feeds them, with the purpose of preserving their environment and culture as industrial development creeps closer.