Heritage

Heritage

Our Distinct Indigenous Story

Historical Proof

Refers to evidence of an ancestor who received a land grant or a scrip granted under the Manitoba Act or the Dominion Lands Act, or who was recognized as Métis in other government, church or community records.

In the past decade, the Métis population has nearly doubled making the Métis one of the fastest growing populations in Canada with a population estimated at 451,795 in 2011 of which a significantly high percentage lived in Alberta alone. Today, Alberta accounts for more than 96,865 Métis which is the largest among the provinces and territories representing more than 21.4% of all Métis in Canada. While Métis live and work in virtually every community in Alberta, the higher populace is seen in the estimated 31, 780 (33%) Métis living in Edmonton, and the 17,040 (18%) in Calgary, making up approximately 55 percent of the total Aboriginal population in the province. Alberta is the only Canadian province where the Métis have a land base recognized under provincial legislation – There are 8 Métis Settlements in Alberta.

Over the past 15 years, a new set of expectations have been created for the MNA through the Government of Alberta-MNA Framework Agreement process, Federal-Provincial-MNA Tripartite Agreement process, and the Government of Alberta’s Aboriginal Policy Framework.

Métis means a person who self-identifies as Metis, is distinct from other Aboriginal peoples, is of historic Métis Nation Ancestry and who is accepted by the Métis Nation.

Refers to the Aboriginal people then known as Métis or Half-breeds who resided in the Historic Métis Nation Homeland.

The Métis People have a distinct culture and nationhood.

Yes. There is rich evidence. There is evidence of our ancestors receiving land grants or a scrip granted under the Manitoba Act or the Dominion Lands Act. This recognized them officially as Métis. It was also documented in other government, church, or community records.

In the past decade, the Métis population has nearly doubled making the Métis one of the fastest growing populations in Canada with a population estimated at 451,795 in 2011 of which a significantly high percentage lived in Alberta alone.

Today, Alberta accounts for more than 96,865 Métis which is the largest among the provinces and territories representing more than 21.4% of all Métis in Canada. While Métis live and work in virtually every community in Alberta, the higher populace is seen in the estimated 31,780 (33%) Métis living in Edmonton, and the 17,040 (18%) in Calgary, making up approximately 55 percent of the total Aboriginal population in the province.

Alberta is the only Canadian province where the Métis have a land base recognized under provincial legislation – There are 8 Métis Settlements in Alberta.

Over the past 15 years, a new set of expectations have been created for the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) through the Government of Alberta-MNA Framework Agreement process, Federal-Provincial-MNA Tripartite Agreement process, and the Government of Alberta’s Aboriginal Policy Framework.

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