Métis citizens are the heart and soul of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) and are represented at the local level through MNO Charter Community Councils. The Councils are the strong foundation of the MNO in its push toward self-government. Local Councils are an important communication hub for MNO and play a significant role in fostering community empowerment and development for Métis citizens living within the geographic territory of that council.
Community Councils operate in accordance with MNO Charter Agreements, which give councils the mandate to govern, while ensuring accountability, transparency, and consistency. The Charter Agreements along with the Community Code and Community Electoral Code are the policy documents Community Councils refer to when holding mandatory community elections. These documents also outline the rules and regulations for conducting council business, and for ensuring accountability through good fiscal management.
The number of Métis Charter Communities in the province continues to grow. The Community Relations arm of the Lands, Resources and Consultation Branch is actively engaged in the work of the Councils and helps to ensure they have the resources and expertise they need to fulfill their mandate. The interests of the Community Councils are represented at the Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario (PCMNO) through one of nine Regional Councillors.
Tools for Community Councils
If you are interested in starting a new council in your area, please contact MNO Community Relations:
Suite 1100 – 66 Slater Street
Ottawa, ON, K1P 5H1
Phone: 613-798-1488 or 1-800-263-4889 (Toll Free)
Updated: September 11, 2020