Metis Settlements

Alberta is home to the only recognized Métis land base in Canada. There are eight Metis Settlements in Alberta, comprising 512,121 hectares (1.25 million acres). The Settlements are located primarily in the east-central and northern areas of the province. As of 2012, there were approximately 5,000 residents on Metis Settlements.

Alberta supports a wide variety of initiatives to support effective governance, enhanced accountability, and long-term sustainability.

In 1985 the Alberta Legislature unanimously endorsed a resolution to transfer lands to the Metis Settlements and establish new legislation which provided Metis Settlements with greater local autonomy. The Alberta-Metis Settlements Accord was signed in 1989 to support a new land-based governance model for the Metis Settlements.

The Government of Alberta continues to work in partnership with the Metis Settlements General Council (MSGC) and individual Settlements on a government-to-government basis.