Metis Settlement Land Interests – Frequently Asked Questions

What is “fee simple” land interest?

What is a Métis Title?

Who can hold a Métis Title?

What can I do with my Métis Title interest?

What is an allotment?

Who can hold an allotment?

What is a Provisional Métis Title?

What are Estate Instructions?

Can I appeal a decision about my land interest?

What is “fee simple” land interest?

Fee simple means full ownership subject to certain limited rights of the Crown. The Metis Settlements General Council holds the "fee simple" interest in all Metis Settlement lands.

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What is a Métis Title?

Métis Title is a statutory 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 Métis 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.

Who can hold a Métis Title?

Only a settlement member or the Settlement can hold Métis Title.

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What can I do with my Métis Title Interest?

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 Metis Métis when they die.
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What is an allotment?

An allotment is a special type of leasehold interest. It is usually granted to Settlement members to operate a farm, ranch or business.

Who can hold an allotment?

Only the Settlement or a Settlement member can hold an allotment.

What is a Provisional Métis Title?

It is an interest in land granted to a member who wants to develop an area of land in order to get a Métis Title interest. A Provisional Métis Title can only be granted for a maximum of ten years, and it is normally granted for a term of five years.

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What are Estate Instruction forms?

Estate Instructions are written instructions filed with the Land Registry that legally take the place of a will. Estate Instructions advise what should be done with a member's interest(s) in Settlement land when he or she dies.

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Can I appeal a decision about my land interest?

Yes.

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 (MSAT).