The Supreme Court of Canada has extended rights to non-status aboriginal people and Métis.

The ruling, handed down this morning ends a 17-year court battle and says the federal government’s responsibilities do extend to approximately 200-thousand Métis and 400-thousand non-status aboriginal people.

President of the North Island Métis Association, Michael Dumont, says it’s an important first step.

Prime Minister Trudeau called the decision a landmark ruling with broad consequences and said his government will work in partnership with indigenous people to figure out the path forward.