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

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 Citizenship Registry staff, the hope of registering all Saskatchewan Métis will be made possible.

In 2004 the Metis Legislative Assembly in Saskatchewan accepted the Metis Nation Council’s definition of Metis for the purpose of Citizenship. The MN-S Citizenship Registry began operations in 2009, registering more than 4,000 Métis citizens. After a closure from 2014-2017 work began to re-open the Provincial Citizenship Registry office and regional offices across Saskatchewan in the fall of 2017.The central office is located at:

Saskatchewan Provinical Citizenship Registry Office
Unit 209 – 2121 Airport Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7L 6W2
306-343-8391
Toll Free: 833-343-8391
Fax: 306-343-8398
info@mnsregistry.ca

 

Register

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 eligible to for Metis 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 info@mnsregistry.ca for a copy to be sent by email.

Download a current list of all registry offices here.

What is required?

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
  4. INAC Registry Screening Consent Form

The MN-S registry may assist with research but the is the responsibility of the applicant to located, 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:

Their long form birth certificate OR their 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 a 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. These 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 will no longer be ordering long-form birth certificates for those people born in Saskatchewan. The Registry will issue a letter that will allow you to order only the certificates requested for the Registry process for events that happened in Saskatchewan. The letter must accompany the order to eHealth Vital Statistics department.

WARNING: Third party websites that mimic the Government agencies responsible for issuing Vital Statistics are becoming more common online. These sites charge inflated fees or administration cost to make money.

In Saskatchewan all records of birth, death or marriages are held with eHealth  www.ehealthsask.ca The current prices (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:

Frame 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 Stats 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, 2009and 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 application. 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?

Download a list of all the Registry Office locations.

 


FAQ

How long does it take to receive a Citizenship Card?

Process time will vary because all applicants provide different documentation. Some applicants provide all required documentation thus the application can be processed within a couple months. If the applicant needs to order a birth or marriage certificate or research is required, the application processing time will increase.

Does my card expire?

No. Only the photo on the Metis Citizenship Card expires and needs to be updated every 5 years.

When do Youth Certificates expire?

Youth Certificates are issued to applicants 0-15 yrs who have completed the application process. Youth certificates expire when the individual turns 16 years old and becomes eligible to receive a card.

How do I renew my photo?

Photo renewal can be done at any Registry office. You will need Valid Government issued photo ID, a Valid Saskatchewan Health Card and be prepared to take a new photo.

How do I update my address and contact information?

Completed the Change of address form and submit to any of the Registry offices or mail/fax/email to the Provincial Citizenship office in Saskatoon.

How do I update my file if my name has changed?

Completed the Change of Name form. Submit the form, copy of Valid photo ID & Saskatchewan Health Card is required at the time of submission.  and a proof of name change to any of the Registry offices or mail/fax/email to the Provincial Citizenship office in Saskatoon.

Does the Registry issue letters for schooling, sport, or employment purposes?

No. The registry will no longer issues letters. Applications are processed on a first come bases and only a generic letter stating that a person has applied will be issued. If proof of Metis ancestry is required for funding, enrollment, or employment the applicant will need to apply and complete the application requirements at least 6 months in advance.

Someone has passed away how does the family update the Registry?
The Registry required a written letter from the next of kin, an obituary, funeral card, or death certificate in order to update the individual as deceased.

How do I request a copy of the genealogy in my file?
Completed the Genealogical Request form and submit to the Registry office. The request is reviewed to determine which documents were submitted by the applicant and which documents where provided by the Registry. Only documents submitted by the applicant or records in the public realm will be released. A $40 processing fee applies to all files. Valid photo ID is required at the time of submission.

How do I replace a lost or stole card?
Completed the Replacement Card form and submit it for processing. Valid photo ID is required at the time of submission. A $25 processing fee applies to all requests for card replacements.

Can the Registry access files from other provinces or government agencies?

No, privacy laws do not allow the MN-S Registry to access your personal information held with another registry or government department.

What is the INAC search?

The Registry performs regular searches with the Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada / Indigenous Services Canada to cross reference the applicants who have applied for their Indian Status. If an applicant’s name appears as someone who has received Indian Status the Registry will issue a letter informing them that their name appears on the Indian Registry and therefore, they will be removed from the Metis Registry. For more information on who is eligible for Indian status

Where can I get genealogical information?

The Provincial Citizenship Registry has a private collection of records including Metis Scrip, Fur trade, Church records, and Vital Statistics it will consult when processing applications. The burden of proof lies with the applicant to provide the documents required for the process.  There are many archival sources of information available online and in archives, museums, societies, and libraries. The more common locations to access historical records are:

  • Library and Archives of Canada: Metis Scrip and Census records
  • Familysearch.org: Church records, probate files, vital statistics and census record
  • Hudson Bay Company Archives: Fur trade records
  • heritage.canadiana.ca : digitized copies of records held at the Library and Archives of Canada.
I was adopted, what do I need?

If you were adopted, you will need to contact the government department for adoptions in the province  that handled the adoption. You will need to request a copy of the adoption information on file for your adoption. It will need to show your name change and a copy of the “Registration of Live Birth” to connect you to the Metis birth parent.

Where is the Metis Homeland?
The Metis National Council defines the Metis and the Historical Metis homeland as:

The Métis emerged as a distinct people or nation in the historic Northwest during the course of the 18th and 19th centuries. This area is known as the “historic Métis Nation Homeland,” which includes the 3 Prairie Provinces and extends into Ontario, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and the northern United States. This historic Métis Nation had recognized Aboriginal title, which the Government of Canada attempted to extinguish through the issuance of “scrip” and land grants in the late 19th and 20th centuries.

I applied before 2009 or at a Local do you have my information on file?

No. The Registry only has information and files for people who applied after 2009. Locals do not submit their information on their members to the Registry.

I have one non Indigenous parent and one Status Indian parent. Does that make me Metis?

Not necessarily. You will need to apply and provide information about your Métis ancestry.

I have an Ancestor who was an Indian. Does that make me Metis?

Not necessarily. You will need to apply and provide information about your Métis ancestry.

My ancestry is from Quebec, Eastern Canada, or the United States am I eligible to apply to the Metis Registry in Saskatchewan?

The MN-S Registry operations are based on the Métis Nation–Saskatchewan Constitutional definition:

“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.”

All applicants must be able to prove that their Metis ancestor:

  • Lived in the Historical Metis Homeland during the 1800’s,
  • Was recognized as Metis (Half Breed) in the historical records, such as Census, Metis Scrip or fur trade or government records while prior to 1901 in the Historical Metis Homeland,
  • Was distinct from other aboriginal groups or settlers living in in the Historical Metis Homeland.

 

 

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