Citizenship

“We continue to work hard to register our people…”
President McCallum discusses the importance of the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan Citizenship Registry. 

 

 

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 is accepted by the Métis Nation.”

Introduction

As citizens of the Saskatchewan Métis Nation, you become a part of something much bigger, a government that is working hard to ensure the rights and interests of Métis individuals and communities in Saskatchewan are respected. The Métis Nation–Saskatchewan (MN–S) Citizenship Registry office formalizes and clarifies citizenship requirements and aids in the accurate return of statistical data about Saskatchewan’s Métis citizens. This information provides the basis for meaningful discussion on Métis rights and issues, which will ultimately improve the quality of life for all Métis people in the province.

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Applications, documents, photos and all other inquires can be directed to [email protected].

 

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The Métis Nation–Saskatchewan Citizenship Registry registers eligible Métis persons in the province through a secure, efficient, standardized, and objectively verifiable process. This comprehensive process is the key element from which all aspects of governance and funding flows.

The Registry formalizes and clarifies citizenship requirements and aids in the accurate return of statistical data about Saskatchewan’s Métis citizens. This information provides the basis for meaningful discussion on Métis rights and issues, which will ultimately help to improve the quality of life for all Métis people in the province.

The MN–S constitutional definition of Métis is utilized in the development and implementation of this objectively verifiable registry. The Métis Nation–Saskatchewan constitutional definition is:

ARTICLE 10: CITIZENSHIP

  1. DEFINITION (amended January 2004)

“Métis means a person, who self identifies as Métis, is distinct from other Aboriginal peoples, is of historic Métis Nation Ancestry and is accepted by the Métis Nation.”

“Historic Métis Nation” means the Aboriginal people then known as Métis or Half-breeds who resided in the Historic Métis Nation Homeland.

“Historic Métis Nation Homeland” means the area of west central North America used and occupied as the traditional territory of the Métis or Half-breeds as they were known.

“Métis Nation” means the Aboriginal people descended from the Historic Métis Nation which is now comprised of all Métis Nation citizens and is one of the “aboriginal peoples of Canada: within the meaning ofs.35 of the Constitution Act 1982.

“Distinct from other Aboriginal peoples” means distinct for culture and nationhood purposes

All four parts of the Métis Nation–Saskatchewan’s Constitutional definition must be met in order to receive a MN–S citizenship card.

With its objectively verifiable process, Citizenship Registry staff members have maintained a credible, steadfast and accountable registration process for every Métis citizen in Saskatchewan. Through the commitment and dedication of our Registry staff, the hope of registering all Saskatchewan Métis will be made possible.

In 2004 the Métis Legislative Assembly in Saskatchewan accepted the Métis Nation Council’s definition of Métis for the purpose of citizenship. The Registry was introduced in 2009 and operated until 2014. In the fall of 2017, Registry operations resumed across the province. By the summer of 2021, the Provincial Citizenship Registry Office and regional offices across Saskatchewan have registered over 16,000 MN–S citizens. 

 

 

Register

Saskatchewan Provincial Citizenship Registry Office (in person registration is by appointment)

310 20th Street East, Saskatoon, SK S7K 0A7

Toll Free: 1-833-343-8391
[email protected]gistry.ca

This is what your card should look like:

 

Want to Apply?

Visit the library to download your Individual Citizenship Application form

Who can apply?

Any Métis individual who is a descendent of an historically recognized Métis ancestor and who has been a resident of Saskatchewan for the last six months.

Do you have to be a resident of Saskatchewan?

Yes, all applicants have to reside in Saskatchewan for a minimum of six months to be eligible for Métis citizenship.

What is the application process?

The process requires filling out the MN–S Citizenship Application Form and providing all required documentation.

The MN–S Citizenship Application can be obtained by downloading the form from the MN–S website, picking up an application from one of the Registry offices, or phoning 306-343-8391 to request that an application be mailed out or emailing [email protected] for a copy to be sent by email.

Download a current list of all registry offices here.

What is required?

Métis Nation–Saskatchewan Citizenship Registry Photo Regulations: 

Use a white/off white background (tip: use a whiteboard or ironed sheet; if a solid background is not available, ensure the background is free from clutter)

Use good lighting (tip: face toward the window/natural light source to avoid a dark photo)

Be sure the photo is clear (tip: ask for help, or use a tripod/book to hold your phone/camera)

Do not use “filters” on your phone/on an app

Leave white space around all sides of the head (extra space allows us to crop your photo to dimensions needed for the card)

Keep your eyes open (look straight at the camera lens)

Keep head level (tip: stand/sit upright; hold camera/phone at face height; do not tilt your chin)

No glasses or coloured costume contact lenses (no contact lenses that change eye color)

No hats (or headbands that obscure face)

Remove bulky jackets and scarves (do not cover your neck or chin)

Avoid wearing reflective clothing/accessories

No smiling (tip: maintain neutral expression and close mouth

The following forms must be completed and signed:

  1. Individual Citizenship Application Form & the digital signature section
  2. Consent to Release Confidential Information Form
  3. Citizenship & Statutory Declaration Form
  4. Indian Registry Screening Consent Form

The MN–S Registry may assist with research but the is the responsibility of the applicant to locate, purchase, and provide the registry with readable copies of the following documents:

  1. Completed family tree with dates and locations into the 1800’s.
  2. A photocopy of valid government issued photo ID, e.g., driver’s license. Photo ID is available from www.sgi.sk.ca
  3. Valid Saskatchewan Health Card. These are available from www.ehealthsask.ca

Long-form Birth Certificates include the individual’s full name, date of birth, place of birth, sex, registration number and registration date, PLUS the parents’ full names and their province/state and country of birth.

The applicant is required to provide:

Applicant:

Long-Form Birth Certificate OR Short Form Birth Certificate with a Baptismal Certificate and/or christening record that contains parental information.

Change of name records for each time/event the applicant changed their name.

Métis parent:

Baptismal Certificate with parental information or Long-Form Birth Certificate

Métis grandparent:

Baptismal Certificate with parental information or Long-Form Birth Certificate

Métis great grandparents and back:

Baptismal Certificate with parental information or Long-Form Birth Certificate may be requested for each generation connecting back to an historical Métis ancestor.

Historical Métis ancestor:

Historical record(s) that show the historical Métis ancestor was recognized in Scrip or Census as Métis/Half Breed/Scotch Half Breed/French Half Breed/Canadian Half Breed/French Cree living in the Historical Métis Homeland.

The applicant is required to provide historical records that identify their ancestors. The historical records primarily used are Métis scrip or census.

All documents must clearly demonstrate the connection from one generation to the next and be consistent with the names of the individuals.

Ordering Vital Statistics in Saskatchewan

The Registry can order birth, marriage, death, and legal name change information for events in Saskatchewan and Alberta for citizenship applications. We cannot provide our clients copies of the records or information acquired from Vital Statistics because of our partnership agreement and privacy laws.

Our partnership with Vital Statistics Saskatchewan allows us to request copies of Saskatchewan event information required for Métis Citizenship, at no cost to you. To allow us to acquire this information, you need to provide copies of your vital statistics form filled out, valid photo ID and health card.

If you wish to order copies of certificates, you will be responsible for the cost. Alternately, for events in Saskatchewan, the Registry can issue a letter allowing you to order only the certificates necessary for the registration process. The letter we provide must accompany the Certificate Order Form to the eHealth, Vital Statistics department.

WARNING: Third-party websites often mimic government agency websites responsible for issuing Vital Statistics Records. These sites charge inflated fees to make money.

In Saskatchewan, all records of birth, marriage, death, and legal name change should be ordered through eHealth at www.ehealthsask.ca. Current prices as of April 2018 are:

Birth:

Long Form Birth Certificate? ($40.00) The document of choice for children 16 years of age and under, as it is generally required by government agencies, such as Passport Canada, SGI, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and for school registration.

The Long Form Birth Certificate includes the individual’s full name, date of birth, place of birth, sex, registration number and registration date, PLUS the parents’ full names and their province/state and country of birth.

Marriage:

Framed Certificate ($35.00) contains the full name of each spouse, date of marriage, place of marriage, registration number and registration date.

Genealogical Copies:

Genealogical Copy ($55.00) contains all of the information that appears on the original marriage/birth/death registration and is stamped “FOR GENEALOGY ONLY”.

The genealogical information consists of documents showing the historical link between each generation of the family from the applicant all the way back to a Métis ancestor within the Métis Homeland.

Can I get a Vital Statistics letter for all the certificates I want?

No, the Registry will only provide a letter for the documents required for the process. All other documents are protected under the The Vital Statistics Act, 2009 and the The Vital Statistics Regulations, 2010.

Who does the genealogical research for the file?

All Registry staff are trained in genealogical research to assist in processing applications. There are certified Genealogy staff to assist with more in-depth research. The Registry will assist with research but it is the responsibility of the applicant to provided the mandatory genealogical documentation, as requested by the Registry.

 


 

Where are the Registry Offices located?

All Métis Nation–Saskatchewan Registry Offices remain closed to walk-in visitors. Scheduled in-person appointments can be made by calling 1-833-343-8391. Current COVID-19 public health orders are being followed. 

The first principles of our coronavirus response are caution and prudence aimed at protecting our staff, elected officials and citizens. We will evaluate the date for the full reopening of our offices as this situation develops. Please watch our website for details or contact us at [email protected]  Toll Free: 1-833-343-8391

 


Métis Nation-Saskatchewan
Suite 201, 208-19th St W, Saskatoon, SK  S7M 5X8   
306-343-8285