Métis Harvesters


Minister: Leah LaPlante

The MMF Natural Resources Portfolio is dedicated to protecting our Métis Harvesters and our Métis Rights.

If you have any questions or would like additional information about harvesting, please call Branden Thorsteinson at 204-586-8474 ext. 225 or email

MMF Night Hunting and Night Lighting Agro-Zone Boundary

Following consultations with our Community regarding Night Hunting issues, MMF delegates passed two Resolutions at our Annual General Assembly, on September 24, 2017: First, a complete prohibition on Dangerous Night Spotlighting anywhere in Manitoba; and Second, prohibition of Night Hunting within Agro-Manitoba from dusk to dawn, with continued Night Hunting and Stationary Spotlighting in Non-Agro Manitoba, away from settlements and local populations allowed. With regard to both these Resolutions, the MMF’s directive was to develop policy including definitions, a map, and map notes.

On February 9, 2019 MMF Caucus/Cabinet passed the MMF Night Hunting and Night Lighting Agro-Zone Boundary Resolution, which provides the policy specifying Metis Night Hunting Law in Manitoba. Our Metis Laws of the Harvest will be amended to reflect this Resolution effective April 10, 2019. The MMF will defend any Metis Harvesters exercising Metis harvesting rights in accordance to the Metis Laws of the Harvest.

The following documents are to be used in conjunction with one another:

MMF Night Hunting Law Notice

MMF Cabinet Resolution: Night Hunting and Night Lighting Agro-Zone Boundary Resolution

Schedule A: MMF Agro-Zone Boundary Definitions

Schedule B: MMF Agro-Zone Boundary Map

Schedule C: MMF Agro-Zone Boundary Map Notes

Schedule C: Map Note Overview

Schedule C: Map Note 1

Schedule C: Map Note 2

Schedule C: Map Note 3

Schedule C: Map Note 4

Schedule C: Map Note 5

Schedule C: Map Note 6

Schedule C: Map Note 7

Schedule C: Map Note 8

Map 1: MMF Agro-Zone Boundary with Game Hunting Areas

Map 2: MMF Agro-Zone Boundary with Rural Municipalities

Map 3: MMF Agro-Zone Boundary with Township & Range Grid

2017 MMF AGA Night Hunting and Night Lighting Passed Resolution

Harvester Permission Slips

Due to recurring issues surrounding Métis Harvesters hunting on private land with verbal permission only, the MMF developed a permission slip to be used to obtain written permission from private landowners. This will reduce chances of Harvesters being faced with a hearsay situation if the landowner decides to revoke permission after the fact. Written permission supports a Harvester’s right to hunt on private land when approached by a Conservation Officer. The Métis Harvester Private Land Permission Slip is also available at our Central Registry Office, and through our Regional Offices.

Métis Harvesting Map

View Métis Harvesting Map

Harvesting Notices

NOTICE - Manitoba Métis Harvesting

Documents & Information

Métis Harvester Private Land Permission Slip

Metis Laws of the Harvest. Guide to Metis Hunting, Fishing, Trapping and Gathering

Moose Law

Moose hunting closures

2018 to 2019 MMF Harvester Survey

News Releases


Manitoba Metis Federation Annual General Assembly Resolves to Defend Métis Harvesting Rights in Manitoba


2017 AGA Resolution #2 - Night-Hunting in Agro-Manitoba (Southern Manitoba) and the rest of Manitoba (Central and Northern Manitoba)

2017 AGA Resolution #1 - Complete Prohibition on Dangerous Night Spot-Lighting


Metis Laws of the Hunt Influential in Conservation and Recognition of Rights


Read MMF Harvesting Rights News Release

Metis Harvesters Contact Information

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