Membership is open to all Metis individuals who either reside in Nova Scotia or beyond, whose families originated in Canada.
A Métis Person is:
All three criteria must be met, as well as proof of Native heritage being provided upon application. There is NO blood quantum required. We do not see ourselves as a percentage of our Native heritage, but as being 100% Metis Aboriginals and nothing else.
Our members come from all walks of life and heritage - Mi'kmaq, Cree, Ojibwa, Blackfoot, Sioux or any other Native peoples. What joins our Metis people together is our commonalities, our inability to walk in either Indian or White worlds comfortably, our non-acceptance within either world and our wish to simply be who we are.
What is the Certificate of Métis/Aboriginal Status issued by EWMNNS?
First and foremost, it is a membership card signifying that you are a member of EWMNNS as well as our National Affiliate The Ontario Metis Allegience Port McNicoll, our Federal Affiliate (through OMAP) The Metis Allegience Inc. (Port McNicoll), as well as The Metis Women's Circle Inc. (Hamilton Ontario).
EWMNNS represents and responds to the political, social, cultural and economic interests of Canada's Métis/Aboriginal Peoples.
It is an identification card, signifying that you are a person of Métis/Aboriginal heritage and recognized under the Canada Constitution Act Sec. 35 1982 and as such have all the rights and opportunities and privileges accorded to Metis/Aboriginal People. The EWMNNS are registered with our Federal Associates Canadian Metis Allegience Port McNicoll in a National Registrar.
It is in similarity to the way the "Status" Indians are registered with the Government of Canada through Indian Affairs, and each person receives an identification number.
This card can be used as an identification card for purposes including, but not limited to, the following:
You will be included in a mailing list for things such as our EWMNNS Newsletter as well as up-to-date information on Government policies and programs that effect the Metis/Aboriginal Peoples of Nova Scotia and beyond.
There are two types of membership:
Membership is also open to Off Reserve Natives, and any person who lives in the United States of America whose roots can be traced back to EWMNNS.