Contact

To get in touch with someone from the Métis Nation of Ontario’s (MNO) Registry Team please call us Toll Free at 1-855-798-1006 or our local number 613-798-1006. You can contact us by email at info@mnoregistry.ca

Resources for Applicants

The tools on this page have been developed to assist MNO citizens and applicants with their genealogical research.

Important Documents

Click here to view a presentation given at a Genealogy 101 workshop on March 26, 2013, in Sudbury, Ontario by noted genealogist Laura Hanowski explaining the Citizenship Application process. Much of this information will also be useful to any Métis person interested in learning more about their family history.

Frequently Asked Questions

This document was created by the MNO to address common questions that are asked of the MNO Registry. It has been developed to assist individuals who are considering applying for citizenship within the MNO and how to do so. The FAQ provides answers to the most common questions individuals ask when applying for citizenship

What We Heard Report

As directed by a 2010 MNO Annual General Assembly (AGA) resolution, the MNO conducted a series of Métis Identification and Registry Consultations in 26 communities across Ontario. Well over one thousand MNO citizens participated in Phase I and their views were compiled in a “What We Heard” Report that was circulated to all Community Councils, distributed at the 2011 AGA, and posted on the MNO Website. Phase II of the process took place January-March 2012 with a second series of Community Consultations.

Historic Research

Unfortunately, the amount of historic Métis research in Ontario is not extensive. This section, however, provides access to some of the research that has taken place. This research may be of use to individuals with genealogical ties to Ontario.

Ontario Métis Root Ancestors

In 2017, after years of research, the MNO made huge strides towards making it much easier for individuals to identify their Ontario Métis ancestry by releasing nearly 100 Ontario Métis Root Ancestor Reports. Each report focuses on a particular Métis family in an historic Métis community and provides the family’s connection to a root Métis ancestor.

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 become part of the centralized MNO Registry which is located at the MNO Head Office in Ottawa, Ontario.

Updated: November 5, 2021