Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the National definition of Métis?
  • Métis means a person who self-identifies as Métis, is distinct from other Aboriginal peoples, is of historic Métis Nation ancestry, and who is accepted by the Métis Nation.
  • For more information on the national definition of Métis click here.
  1. Where can I access application packages to become a Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) Citizen?
  1. What happens during the application process?

  1. If I am a Settlement member can I also apply for an MNA card?
    Anyone who is a resident of Alberta can apply. This includes Settlement members.
  2. I am having trouble filling out my family tree. Where can I go for help?
    The Genealogy Research Centre is located at the MNA Provincial Head Office. Our Genealogy Research Centre has an extensive collection of resources available to assist Métis individuals in completing their family trees.     

    • Hours:
      • Monday – Tuesday & Thursday – Friday;
        Self-guided research. By appointment only: 8:30am-11:30am, 1:00pm-3:30pm
      • Wednesdays: 8:30am-3:30pm;
        One-on-one support. No appointment required.
    • To book an appointment, or for more information on your family tree and ancestry,
      please call:    

      • Tel: (780) 455-2200
      • Toll Free: 1-800-252-7553
  1. Can I reference the genealogical information of a family member for my application purposes?
    If the family member gave consent during their application process you can reference their genealogical information. You still must complete your family tree to the ancestor you both have in common. Please include the full name of the family member you are referencing as well as their relationship to you, on the bottom of your family tree.
  1. Where do I request birth documents from?
    You can request birth documents from the Vital Statistics Department of the province you were born in. Please ensure requested documents show parentage. Click here for online resources. 
  1. Do you need to be a resident of Alberta to apply for MNA citizenship?
  • Yes, applicants must be a permanent resident of Alberta (minimum 90 consecutive days).
  • You will need to prove permanent residency in Alberta with one (1) of the following:
    • Alberta driver’s license;
    • Three (3) months of utility bills (mobile phone records will not be accepted);
    • Vehicle insurance and;
    • Mortgage or rental lease agreement.
  1. I have completed my application package. Now what?
    Before your application is processed, it needs to be commissioned.

    1. I live in Edmonton
      Bring all completed forms and required documents to the MNA Provincial Head Office in Edmonton to get your application commissioned.
    2. I don’t live in Edmonton
      Bring all completed forms and required documents to your nearest regional office to get your application commissioned.
      Once all forms have been commissioned at your nearest regional office, completed application packages can be mailed to head office on your behalf, or dropped off in person to:

      1. Métis Nation of Alberta
        ATTN: Registry
        #100, 11738 Kingsway NW
        Edmonton, AB T5G 0X5
  1. Can I get my forms commissioned somewhere other than the Métis Nation of Alberta?
    You can get your forms commissioned at any of the following places:

    1. Registries
    2. Insurance Agencies
    3. Lawyers
      Please note, fees may apply for the above.
  1. My Métis card was lost or stolen, how do I get a replacement card?
  • To request a replacement card, please call the head office at 780-455-2200.
  • The cost of a replacement card is $40.00 (cash, debit or money order accepted).
  • Depending on your original application, there may be forms that need to be re-signed.
  • You can choose to take a new photo at this time.
  • It can take up to six weeks to receive a replacement card
  1. How do I update my address with the MNA?
  • Fill out the Change of Address Form
  • You may be contacted by a registry agent for more information.
  • Mail your completed change of address form to:
    • Métis Nation of Alberta
      ATTN: Registry
      #100, 11738 Kingsway NW
      Edmonton, AB T5G 0X5



  • Visit the head office and complete your change of address form with a registry agent.