One of my parents is Caucasian and the other is a Status Indian. Does that make me Métis?

Not necessarily. You will need to apply and provide information about your Métis ancestry.

Are there any other forms, documents or extra information that MNBC will need from me now?

Currently there are no additional forms, documents or extra information that MNBC will require from registered Métis in the province of BC.

How do we define a Métis community?

This is a difficult question that does not have a straight forward answer. The word "community" can be used in many different ways. It can be used to refer to a collective of individuals in one town or a larger regional collective identity or even the Métis Nation as a whole.

In Powley, the Court said that a "Métis community can be defined as a group of Métis with a distinctive collective identity living together in the same geographic area and sharing a common way of life." The Court found that there is a Métis community in and around Sault Ste. Marie, but it did not deny the possibility that this community may be a part of larger regional community or a distinct Aboriginal people. As well, in Blais, the Court said that Mr. Blais is "a member of the Manitoba Métis community". Issues with respect to identifying the extent of the local and regional communities that make up the Métis Nation will need to be determined through research, consultations with Métis citizens, and discussions with governments.

What does "ancestral connection" to the historic Métis community mean?

This means that one of your ancestors was a member of the historic Métis community.

How long will it take to receive my card once I have submitted my application?

Application processing time for complete applications is approximately 20-24 weeks. The Registry processes thousands of applications and the genealogical information must be verified for each applicant. This process can be expedited by ensuring that all information required is accurate and complete when you submit your application.

How is Métis identity and Citizenship established in the Central Registry?

Métis identity is established by verifying Métis ancestry; this is done by confirming the applicant’s connection to the Historic Métis Nation Homeland and the founders of the First Métis Nation. With the mandatory genealogical supporting documentation the Central Registry is able to determine this.