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About the Central Registry
MNBC, as one of the five governing members of Métis National Council (MNC), is responsible for issuing the only Powley compliant Métis identification card in the province of British Columbia. MNBC is the only Métis organization in BC to be officially recognized by the provincial and federal governments as the official political representative of Métis people in the province of BC.
MNBC’s dedicated Central Registry team work hard to facilitate the Registry and Renewal process for our Citizens. The Registry team’s experience in Métis Identification, genealogy and historical research allows them to be able to not only objectively verity a connection to the Métis homeland but also to help guide applicants through the process, maintain the Métis Nation Registry Operation Standards and PIPA compliance and adhere to the MNBC Citizenship Act
“Métis” means a person who self-identifies as Métis, is distinct from other Aboriginal peoples, is of historic Métis Nation Ancestry and who is accepted by the Métis Nation.
The Central Registry is constantly growing. As this happens the Registry Team is constantly looking for new ways to make sure our processes are secure, efficient, and user friendly for our Citizens and Applicants. There are currently 90 000 self-identified Métis in BC. The Central Registry is committed to making sure each of them has the opportunity to apply for citizenship.
Métis are the only Indigenous people in Canada who have control over their citizenship and registry process. The Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) Central Registry was introduced in October 2004 and fully implemented in 2005. The provincial Citizenship Registry is responsible for compiling and maintaining a database of Métis citizens in British Columbia and is based on the process requirements identified as per the Supreme Court decision of Powley*. The MNBC Central Registry is a member of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and as a member played a key role in the development of the Métis Nation Registry Operation Standards (MNROS). The MNROS ensures and protects accepted operational standards of a Métis National Council’s governing members provincial Métis Registry. (It is important to note this standard does not change or influence the National Definition of Métis, it is operational in nature only.)
Since its implementation the MNBC Central Registry has forged new paths and standards for Métis in the province of BC. Significant challenges have been met and overcome, and numerous milestones have been achieved. One achievement we are very proud of is the fact that MNBC Citizenship cards are Provincially and Federally recognized ID. This means they can be used as secondary ID in a Provincial or Federal Election. We were also very excited to welcome our 20 000th citizen in early 2020.
*What is Powley?
In 1993, Steve and Roddy Powley killed a moose. As a result, they were charged with contravening Ontario Hunting Law. They fought this charge on the ground that section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982 protects the right of Métis to hunt for food. When the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in Powley’s favor in September 2003, the decision set out the components of a Métis definition for the purpose of claiming Aboriginal rights under section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982. These are: Self-identification as a member of a Métis community, Ancestral connection to the historic Métis community whose practices ground the right in question, and acceptance by the modern community with continuity to the historic Métis community. Ensuring that applicants fall within this definition is referred to as Powley Compliance.
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- Métis Citizen – This is the term used by Provincial, Federal and Métis Governments in Canada to describe someone of Métis Ancestry registered with one of the Métis National Council’s Governing Members.
- Letter of Support – A Letter of Support is issued to citizens who need to confirm their Métis Citizenship for job, school or sport applications.
- Métis Status – this term is not recognized by the Provincial, Federal and Métis Governments in Canada. Instead Métis register with one of Métis National Council’s Governing Members in Canada are referred to as Citizens or Citizens of the Métis Nation.
- The Métis Homeland – “Distinct Métis communities developed along the routes of the fur trade and across the Northwest within the Métis Nation Homeland. This Homeland includes the three Prairie provinces (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta), as well as, parts of Ontario, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and the Northern United States.” – Métis National Council
- The Nation Definition of Métis – “Métis means a person who self-identifies as Métis, is distinct from other Aboriginal peoples, is of historic Métis Nation Ancestry and who is accepted by the Métis Nation.” -Métis Nation Council
- Powley – In 1993, Steve and Roddy Powley killed a moose. The resulting legal battle in the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in Powley’s favor in September 2003. This ruling set out the components of a Métis definition for the purpose of claiming Aboriginal rights under section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982. These are: Self-identification as a member of a Métis community, Ancestral connection to the historic Métis community whose practices ground the right in question, and acceptance by the modern community with continuity to the historic Métis community.
MNBC Citizenship Applications will be process in approximately 36 weeks from the time a completed application is received. Please note this may be different from the date your application was submitted.
You should receive your MNBC Renewal Card 12-14 weeks after a completed Renewal has been received and processed. Please note renewals cannot be processed until your current Citizenship card has expired.
You should receive your MNBC Replacement Card 12-14 weeks after a completed Replacement form has been received by the Central Registry.
We understand that Letters of Support are often required for time sensitive applications. Please indicate the deadline for the application on your Letter of Support request. The Central Registry will do it’s best to meet this deadline in a timely manner.