Métis people in Alberta
As descendants of the original inhabitants of Canada, the Métis evolved into a new and distinct Indigenous group. The federal Constitution Act, 1982 recognizes the Métis as one of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada, along with First Nations and Inuit.
The Métis have a rich history and have played a significant role in the early development of Western Canada.
Alberta is home to the largest Métis population in the country, with more than 114,000 Métis people living in the province. Alberta is the only province in Canada with a recognized Métis land base entrenched in provincial statute. Approximately 5,632 people live on the 8 Metis Settlements, which cover a land base of 1.25 million acres.
Metis Settlements portal
Use the Metis Settlements portal to access resources, legislation and information about the Metis Settlements in Alberta.
Métis organizations in Alberta
The Government of Alberta has had a long and positive relationship with Métis communities in the province. These communities have played an important role in Alberta’s history, society and economy.
We work with Métis communities and organizations on many initiatives supporting the shared goal of building strong, vibrant and sustainable communities.
We work closely with the 2 main organizations that represent Métis people in Alberta:
The Government of Alberta does not issue membership cards to Métis organizations. Membership questions should be forwarded to the respective groups directly.
Connect with Indigenous Relations:
Address for mail and courier:
Alberta Indigenous Relations
9th Floor, Forestry Building
9920 108 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2M4
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