Who are the Metis?
The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is the official democratic and self-governing political representative for the Metis Nationís Manitoba Metis Community.
The MMF promotes the political, social, cultural, and economic interests and rights of the Metis in Manitoba. In addition, the MMF delivers programs and services to our community including: child and family services; justice; housing; youth; education; human resources; economic development and natural resources.
Founded in 1967 by a group of forward-thinking Metis who realized that it was necessary to stand up and fight for the rights of the Metis people of Manitoba. Decades later, the MMF has grown to over 600 staff and consists of seven Regions throughout the Province, with each of those Regions being divided into community Locals.
The Metis are a people of North American Indian and European ancestry who coalesced into a distinct nation in the northwest in the late 18th century.
The Metis were a prominent and independent people in the 19th century and rose to resist the takeover of their homeland. Unfortunately, the immigration from Ontario, the United States and Europe was too strong and destructive, and the Metis Nation was defeated following a second resistance by Louis Riel.
What followed was an enduring period of dispossession, injustice and impoverishment that caused the denigration of the Metisí political and social structure.
The Federation is the present-day reemergence of this 100-year-old resistance and movement. In fact, some of the Locals predate the Federation.
The Federation represents the Metis people of Manitoba and is the vehicle through which the Metis people organize politically, begin to once again manage their own affairs and re-emerge as a dynamic force in Manitoba and Canada.