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The Métis are a distinct Aboriginal people with a unique history, culture, language and territory that includes the waterways of Ontario, surrounds the Great Lakes and spans what was known as the historic Northwest.
The Métis Nation is comprised of descendants of people born of relations between Indian women and European men. The initial offspring of these unions were of mixed ancestry. The genesis of a new Aboriginal people called the Métis resulted from the subsequent intermarriage of these mixed ancestry individuals.
Distinct Métis settlements emerged as an outgrowth of the fur trade, along freighting waterways and watersheds. In Ontario, these settlements were part of larger regional communities, interconnected by the highly mobile lifestyle of the Métis, the fur trade network, seasonal rounds, extensive kinship connections and a shared collective history and identity.
The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) maintains the only recognized provincial Registry for Métis. The Registry was established in 1994 to identify and register Métis citizens and harvesters who are eligible rights holders in the province of Ontario.
Métis people who are ordinarily citizens of Ontario can make an application for citizenship to the MNO. The applications are assessed by an independent Registrar who approves for citizenship those applicants who meet the criteria set out in the National Definition for Métis, adopted at the Métis National Council’s 18th General Assembly in 2002 and subsequently accepted by the MNO.
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