Metis Settlement Land Interests

The population of Metis Settlements is made up of both members and non-members. There are a number of persons living on the Settlements who are not members and are not eligible to become members.

People who are not of Aboriginal ancestry cannot become a member but they can reside on the Settlement if they are a person that is described in the Metis Settlements Act External Link.

A Metis Settlement member is entitled to a range of rights and benefits including land ownership.

Membership requirements

A person who wants to become a member of a Metis Settlement must apply to the Metis Settlement council for membership approval. In order to be considered for memberships, the applicant must:

  • Be Métis
  • Be 18 years old
  • Have been a member of a Metis Settlement or have lived in Alberta for the past five years.

Application process

The membership application process has three main stages:

  1. Application by the applicant
  2. Consideration of the application by the Settlement Council
  3. Decision on the application by the Council and entering the applicant’s name on the Settlement membership list, if approved.

Applying for and possibly receiving Metis Settlement membership can take place over weeks, months, and in some cases, years. It requires that applicants collect and submit very specific information to their Settlement Council.

Anyone who wishes to be considered for membership should learn as much as they can about the application process before applying.

For more detailed information on Metis Settlement membership, view: