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CHARBONNEAU – Why everyone wants to be Indigenous these days –

March 21, 2024

NON-INDIGENOUS CANADIANS want to claim Indigenous status for a number of reasons. One of them is to provide a defence in court they wouldn’t otherwise have, and another is to secure government grants.

A B.C. judge warns of what he calls a “tsunami” of fraudulent Indigenous claims coming to Canadian courts.

Provincial Court Judge David Patterson says that non-Indigenous people want access to benefits available to Indigenous people.

This is especially true of Metis, who are part of the trio of those that courts consider to be Indigenous. The other two being Inuit and First Nations peoples.

In his comments, Judge Patterson was ruling on a case before him involving pastor Nathan Allen Joseph Legault who claimed to be Metis. Judge Patterson ruled that:

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