The question of whether the federal government has the same responsibility to the country's Metis and non-status Indians as it does to status Indians and Inuit has fallen to the Supreme Court of Canada.
A cook who says he was forced into work on a human smuggling ship that showed up on the B.C. coast five years ago will be among several passengers and crew to have their cases heard by Canada's top court.
Quebec Justice Clement Gascon will take his seat on the Supreme Court of Canada this week after a quiet appointment by a government stung by a public feud with the chief justice and the ultimate rejection of its previous appointee.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Justice Minister Peter MacKay should apologize for their public criticism of Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, says an international body of judges and lawyers.