Credible assertion of Métis harvesting rights means the community will be consulted by industry when land and natural resource management decisions may adversely affect their harvesting and traditional use activities.

The credible assertion process creates clarity for Métis communities, industry and Alberta’s government about who needs to be consulted on land and natural resource management decisions.

Métis organizations wishing to establish a credible assertion can find information at

Quick facts

  • Credible assertion is founded on current case law.
  • The first Métis community to establish credible assertion was the Fort McKay Métis Nation.
  • The credible assertion process can take years to complete, given the amount of documentation and records that require review and analysis.