In 1970, the various Prairie Métis organizations amalgamated in the Native Council of Canada, giving Métis and non-Status Indians a national voice for the first time. The council applied pressure to the government to include Métis in programs open to other Aboriginal peoples. It also focused on Métis land claims and constitutional concerns. The council's most significant victory was the inclusion of Métis people in the definition of Aboriginal peoples outlined in section 35 of the 1982 Constitution. In 1983, a split between Métis  and non-Status Indians resulted in the Métis leaving the Native Council of Canada to form the Metis National Council. From this forum, the Métis continued their constitutional battles and were rewarded with the creation of the Metis Nation Accord as part of the doomed Charlottetown Accord of 1992. The Native Council of Canada has subsequently recast itself as the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples.

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