MNO Registry Policy

Frequently Asked Questions
This tool is primarily useful to individuals interested in applying for citizenship in the Métis Nation of Ontario. The FAQ provided answers the most common questions individuals ask when applying for citizenship.

National Definition of Métis

  • 1.1 "Métis" means a person who self-identifies as Métis, is distinct from other Aboriginal peoples, is of Historic Métis Nation ancestry, and is accepted by the Métis Nation.
  • 1.2 "Historic Métis Nation" means the Aboriginal people then known as Métis or Half-breeds who resided in the Historic Métis Nation Homeland.
  • 1.3 "Historic Métis Nation Homeland" means the area of land in west central North America used and occupied as the traditional territory of the Métis or Half-breeds as they were then known.
  • 1.4 "Métis Nation" means the Aboriginal people descended from the Historic Métis Nation which is now comprised of all Métis Nation citizens and is one of the "aboriginal peoples of Canada" within the meaning of s.35 of the Constitution Act 1982.
  • 1.5 "Distinct from other Aboriginal peoples" means distinct for cultural and nationhood purposes.

Once approved, the valid genealogical documentation materials provided by Métis citizens becomes part of the centralized Registry, located in Ottawa. Since 2010, applications have been processed electronically and paper files moved to secure off-site storage for safe keeping.

The MNO currently has nearly 18,000 citizens as well as thousands of pending applications.

Click here to go to the Harvesting Section.