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To become a Settlement member, you must have Indigenous ancestry. An application for membership must be submitted to the Settlement Council for that Settlement.
Under section 99 of the Metis Settlements Act a right or interest in a settlement land may only exist if it is defined in a statue, General Council Land Policy or settlement by-law passed in accordance with a General Council Policy.
A Metis Settlement member is entitled to a range of rights and benefits including land ownership.
Settlement land interests
Fee simple land interest
The Metis Settlements General Council (MSGC) holds the 'fee simple' interest on all Metis Settlement lands, which means they have full ownership of land with certain limited rights of the Crown.
Métis Title ownership
Métis Title is a legal ownership interest in Settlement land. The Métis title is subject to the fee simple interest. Each parcel of land within a settlement area has a Metis Title.
The Métis title interest is either in the name of the Settlement or, if it has been transferred, in the name of a Settlement member.
Only a settlement member or the Settlement can hold Métis Title.
A member who holds the Métis title in a parcel can:
- live on the parcel
- use and make improvements to the land
- transfer the Métis Title to another member of the Settlement or to the Settlement
- give someone else the right to use the land
- decide who will get their Métis Title when they die
Provisional Métis Title
Interest in land granted to a member who wants to develop an area of land in order to get a Métis Title interest. The Provisional Métis title interest is created by the General Council Land Policy. The interest is effective for a period of 5 years and maybe renewed for a further 5 years.
An allotment is a special type of leasehold interest. It is usually granted to Settlement members to operate a farm, ranch or business. Allotment’s hold a 10-year term with the possibility of a 5-year extension
Only the Settlement or a Settlement member can hold an allotment.
A person who applies for an interest in land or a person who is affected by the granting, refusal or cancelling of an interest in land may appeal the matter to the Metis Settlements Appeal Tribunal.
The Metis Settlements Land Registry operates under the authority of several provincial Acts and Regulations.
- Metis Settlements Act
- Metis Settlements Land Protection Act
- Metis Settlements Accord Implementation Act
- Constitution of Alberta Amendment Act, 1990
- Dower Act
- Land Interest Conversion Regulation
- Metis Settlements Land Registry Regulation
Connect with the Land/Proponent Interests and Subdivisions:
Metis Settlements Land Registry
Suite 201, 10335 172 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5S 1K9
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