Lawyers Julian Falconer, Asha James, and Akosua Matthews of Falconers LLP represented Angel Sue Larkman. Ms. Larkman sought to set aside an Order in Council, dated December 1952, that purported to “voluntarily enfranchise” Ms. Larkman’s grandmother, Laura Flood. Now repealed, enfranchisement was the statutory regime aimed at assimilating Aboriginal peoples. Ms. Larkman argued that her grandmother’s enfranchisement was obtained by way of fraud as she did not, in fact, apply to have her Indian status revoked. Unable to read or write in 1952, Laura Flood was tricked into signing an application to have her Indian status revoked. The effect of this illegal Order in Council is that Ms. Larkman, her siblings, and their descendants are not entitled to “Indian” status.
On September 8, 2014, the matter was heard before the Federal Court of Appeal.
An application for leave brought to the Supreme Court of Canada was denied on July 9, 2015.
Supreme Court Decision, July 9, 2015
Applicant’s Memorandum of Fact and Law. August 26, 2011
Supporting Affidavits and Documentary Exhibits. (Vol 1 of 2) August 26, 2011
Supporting Affidavits and Documentary Exhibits. (Vol 2 of 2) August 26, 2011
Respondent’s Memorandum of Fact and Law. Sept 26, 2011
Respondent’s Record Vol. I of II. Sept 26, 2011
Respondent’s Record Vol. II of II. Sept 26, 2011
Transcript of Examination of Gary Penner. June 9, 2012
Transcript of Examination of Angel Sue Larkman. June 10, 2011
In the News
Angel Sue Larkman Indian Status: Woman’s Quest To Gain Indian Status Closer To End Huffington Post, July 29, 2012
Woman’s grinding quest to ‘right wrong’ and gain Indian status closer to end The Globe and Mail, July 29, 2012