Engaging Métis on the Duty


  1. TRIGGER FOR CONSULTATION -Government or a proponent identifies a plan, policy or project with the potential to impact Métis rights, interests or way of life in an area where a Regional Métis Consultation Protocol is in place.
  2. NOTICE TO MÉTIS - Notice from government or the industry proponent to the Métis Consultation Unit c/o the MNO Head Office. Notice includes sufficient detail about the proposed plan, policy or project for a Regional Métis Consultation Committee to assess and determine consultation requirements.
  3. ASSESSMENT BY MÉTIS - The Regional Métis Consultation Committee, along with the MNO Natural Resources, Environment and Community Relations Branch, work together to assess the notice provided and to determine the level of consultation required.
  4. MÉTIS RESPONSE - The MNO’s Lands, Resources and Consultations Branch, on behalf of the Regional Métis Consultation Committee, provides a written response to the government or proponent, which outlines a conclusion on the initial assessment. This written response identifies whether additional information is needed, whether consultation is required, whether consultation will take place at the local or regional level and the Regional Métis Consultation Committee’s proposed next steps in order to begin formal consultations (i.e. arrange face-to-face meeting, capacity funding, etc.).
  5. CONSULTATION STAGE - Once the next steps identified in the Métis Regional Consultation Committee’s response are addressed, formal consultation with the Métis community will begin. Notice, assessment and the Métis response do not constitute consultation. They are preliminary steps designed to get to a fair, objective and transparent consultation process with the potentially affected rights-bearing Métis community.

Key Documents

James Bay Protocol

Lakehead Nippigon Protocol

Lake of the Woods Protocol

Mattawa Lake Nipissing Protocol

Protocol Georgian Bay

Protocol SSM