Who are the Métis?

The Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) is the official democratic and self-governing political representative for the Métis Nation's Manitoba Métis Community.

The MMF promotes the political, social, cultural, and economic interests and rights of the Métis 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 Métis who realized that it was necessary to stand up and fight for the rights of the Métis 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 Métis 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 Métis 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 Métis' 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 Métis people of Manitoba and is the vehicle through which the Métis people organize politically, begin to once again manage their own affairs, and re-emerge as a dynamic force in Manitoba and Canada.

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