"Advancing transformative change for the well-being of Métis children, youth and families"

Five Facts About Métis

  • In the 2006 Census, approximately one-third of the Aboriginal population in Canada, almost 400 000 people, identified as Métis.
  • Close to 43% of the total Métis population of Canada is under the age of 25.
  • Being Métis is not simply a matter of having mixed European and First Nations heritage.  Métis are a distinct people with their own culture, language, values and beliefs.
  • While Métis are a distinct people, there is a great deal of diversity among the population with regards to culture, language, values and beliefs, varying between communities and geographic regions.

  • Métis are recognized in the Constitution of Canada as possessing Aboriginal rights.  With the exception of some rights related to harvesting, other rights, such as the right to health, have not been clearly defined or even fully discussed.  As a result, unlike other constitutionally recognized Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, Métis do not have access to federally funded non-insured health benefits.

Featured Resources

Proud to be Metis!: The Cultural Booklet we send to families is now available online!

MCCF Cultural Information Package: A collection of Metis cultural resources and information to support service delivery and planning for Metis children, youth and families.

MCCF Quality Assurance Framework: Continuous Quality Improvement for Métis Children and Family Services in British Columbia, March 2011

MCCF 2011 Provincial Catalogue:
A catalogue to provide immediate contact information about available services to assist the Métis communities, Métis families, Ministry and non-Ministry front line workers in supporting Metis people.