Harvesting Rights

Harvesting Rights

Attention Métis Harvesters: Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance

Métis citizens have identified Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) as a threat to traditional ways of life and harvesting practices.

What is CWD?

CWD occurs in members of the deer family, causes bodily deterioration, behavioural changes, and is fatal in all cases. Transmission occurs from animal to animal or through environmental contamination, and there is no treatment or vaccine.

Métis harvesters are encouraged to participate in the Government of Alberta’s CWD surveillance program. Harvesters can submit deer heads for CWD testing at 24-hour freezers across Alberta.

Please note, in some areas of the province, submitting deer heads is mandatory under Government of Alberta policies.

Although there is no direct evidence that CWD can infect humans, health authorities recommend not consuming the  meat of infected animals.

Deer head drop-off freezers are available from mid-October to mid-December (elk and moose heads can also be dropped off); however, CWD surveillance is a year-round program and suitable heads can be submitted at a Fish and Wildlife office during office hours any time. It is recommended to call an office ahead of time to arrange a drop-off time.

Information about preparing and submitting heads and carcass disposal guidelines can be found at: Chronic Wasting Disease – Information for Hunters.

Feel free to contact environment@metis.org with any questions you may have.

Alberta ReLM and Métis Harvester Update

(June 2020) – Good News! Our Harvesting Team has been working with Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) to better serve our harvesters. We can now process and update Alberta ReLM accounts of our approved MNA harvesters!

What does this mean for MNA approved harvesters?

If you provided your Wildlife Identification Number (WiN) on your harvester application, your Alberta ReLM account has been recently updated to “Recognized Métis Harvester,” which includes your approved MNA harvesting area(s). You no longer have to go to a Fish and Wildlife office!

Learn how to create an Alberta ReLM account and how to get your Domestic Fishing License – click here.

Know the rules and regulations around Domestic Fishing Licenses.

How to become an approved MNA Harvester

  1. Fill out and sign the PDF application form online and submit using the following methods.
    • Mailing it to the MNA Provincial Office in Edmonton;
      Att: Harvesting Department
      11738 Kingsway NW
      Delia Gray Building
      Edmonton, AB
      T5G 0X5
    • Email it to harvesting@metis.org; or
    • In person to the MNA Provincial Office or to any MNA Regional Office.
  2. Print and complete the PDF application form, scan the pages and submit using the above methods.
  3. During the MNA citizenship card application process.
    If you’re in the process of applying, you can ask for a harvester application to be added to your citizenship card application.
    To learn more about this process, please contact our registry department on 780-455-2200 or registry@metis.org

Download the PDF Harvester Application Form

Processing Times

For those with existing MNA citizenship cards, the wait time from application to approval is approximately 6-8 weeks.
Once approved, you will receive a new card with your identified harvesting areas and your signature. Your citizen ID number will be the same.

Have questions about your harvesting application?
Email us at harvesting@metis.org.

Have questions about hunting or fishing specifically?
Email our Harvesting Coordinator Craig at cletendre@metis.org

Harvesting Brochure

Our informative brochure contains harvesting details and answers to questions like “who can or how can I apply?” or “when and where can I harvest?” Feel free to read it here, or download it and save it for later. 

Keeping it Riel Harvesting Episode with Craig Letendre

MNA Harvesting Coordinator and harvesting expert Craig Letendre was on the Keeping it Riel podcast sharing stories about his life and expertise.

Check out the episode on BuzzSprout or on your favourite podcast services.

Métis Harvesting Rights Update – March 2019

The Métis Nation of Alberta is very excited to announce the new Métis Harvesting Agreement and Policy.

The new Métis Harvesting in Alberta Policy replaces the 2010 policy and recognizes the rights of eligible MNA citizens to hunt, fish, and trap for food in five large regional Métis Harvesting Areas in central and northern Alberta (as opposed to the much smaller 25 local Métis harvesting areas provided for in the 2010 policy).

For more information, please see the following:

  1. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  2. Media Release – Métis Harvesting Agreement
  3. Métis Harvesting Signed Agreement (March 2019)
  4. Métis Harvesting in Alberta Policy (2019)
  5. Maps:
    1. Harvesting Area Mosaic
    2. Harvesting Area A
    3. Harvesting Area B
    4. Harvesting Area C
    5. Harvesting Area D
    6. All Harvesting Areas

Read the What we Heard Report

Click here to read the What We Heard report.

Looking for past updates? We’ve moved them to their own page!