Frequently Asked Questions

Background: For the past 20 years MNC Vice-President David Chartrand, Minister responsible for Veterans, has been advocating for the acknowledgement of Métis Nation Veterans service during the Second World War (WWII). On June 13, 2019, the MNC and the Federal Government of Canada officially signed the Métis Veterans Recognition Payment Contribution Agreement. Métis Nation Veterans, who had all been forgotten, were finally recognized for their heroics, sacrifice, and contribution towards freedoms Canadians experience today.

During visits and consultations with our Métis Nation Veterans throughout the homeland, the importance of an apology from Canada was expressed as the highest redemption. Under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s administration, Canada formally apologized for the mistreatment and neglect Métis Nation Veterans received during their service and returning home from WWII.

The Program: The agreement was forged on the premise of reconciliation between WWII Métis Nation Veterans and Canada.  Our Métis Nation Veterans did not receive the same support, resources, or benefits promised to them that were routinely given to other non-Métis Veterans, which included an economic foundation to rebuild their lives. Furthermore, many of them were systemically discriminated against by Veterans Affairs Canada, despite having served their country. As a result, the Métis Nation Veterans Legacy Program was established and provides qualified WWII Métis Nation Veteran compensation for their pre- and post-war experiences.

In addition to compensation for WWII Métis Nation Veterans, the program is also designed to preserve the legacy of WWII Métis Nation Veterans by promoting awareness and appreciation amongst Métis citizens and the Canadian public of their achievements, contributions, and sacrifices for future generations. It will support the efforts Métis communities have traditionally undertaken to honour our Veterans, such as the erection of monuments and ceremonies and help establish and develop new Métis Veteran-focused initiatives. Métis citizens are invited to create public displays of homage to Métis Nation Veterans that will build pride in Métis communities for their contribution to Canadian freedoms.

The Métis Veterans Legacy Program (MVLP) has two objectives:

  1. To acknowledge, through an individual Recognition Payment, the pre- and post-war experiences of Second World War (WWII) Métis Nation Veterans which may have negatively impacted their demobilization success; and
  2. To deliver continued support through the Commemoration Program to our Métis Nation Veterans, for their sacrifices and contributions, by promoting awareness and appreciation across the Métis Nation and all of Canada.

A one-time payment of $20,000 will be presented to each living Second World War (WWII) Métis Nation Veteran. If the Veteran has passed, the Recognition Payment will be presented to their spouse or common-law partner. If both the Veteran and spouse/common-law partner have passed, the Recognition Payment will be evenly distributed amongst the Veteran’s living children.

Eligibility to receive a Recognition Payment falls under three categories:

I. WWII Métis Nation Veterans 

A Veteran is required to provide evidence of their Second World War (WWII) service and proof they are of legitimate Métis ancestry. A Métis Nation Veteran qualifies if he/she served in the Canadian Armed Forces (or any allied Force of Canada) in any capacity during the Second World War, specifically, the period between September 1, 1939, and April 1, 1947. The Recognition Payment will be presented as soon as possible after verification that these criteria have been met.

II. Spouse or Common-Law Partner

A Métis Nation Veteran’s surviving spouse or common-law partner qualifies to receive the Recognition Payment if they:

  • provide evidence of their union to a qualified Second World War (WWII) Métis Nation Veteran (marriage certificate, proof of common-law relationship, long-form birth certificate)
  • provide evidence of the Métis Nation Veteran’s Second World War service
  • provide evidence of the Métis Nation Veteran’s Métis ancestry
  • provide evidence of the Métis Nation Veteran’s death
  • provide evidence of living together at the time of the Métis Nation Veteran’s death

III. Children

Children may qualify for all or part of a Recognition Payment if they:

  • provide evidence of their connection to a qualified Second World War (WWII) Métis Nation Veteran (long-form birth certificate)
  • provide evidence of the Métis Nation Veteran’s Second World War service
  • provide evidence of the Métis Nation Veteran’s Métis ancestry
  • provide evidence of the Métis Nation Veteran’s death on or after January 1, 2016
  • provide evidence of the death of the Veteran’s spouse or common-law partner
  • verification of all children of the Métis Nation Veteran

NOTE: A child is defined as someone either biologically, legally, or traditionally adopted by a Métis Nation Veteran.

The premise on which the Metis Veterans Legacy Program (MVLP) was negotiated was to provide a permanent legacy and honor for WWII Metis Nation Veterans.  The mandate of the MVLP Commemoration Program achieves this priority. 

In addition, agreements of this nature traditionally come into effect once the agreement has been signed.  Our agreement was signed on June 31, 2019, which would have meant that no one would have been eligible before that date. 

It was essential that consideration be given to the families of WWII Métis Nation Veterans that had passed during the negotiation period with Canada. After consultation with community members and family members of WWII Métis Nation Veterans, Recognition Payments are presented to surviving spouses and common-law partners regardless of when their loved one passed.

Should the spouse or common-law partner have passed, the surviving children of Métis Nation Veterans that we have lost after January 1, 2016, are entitled to receive equal portions of the Recognition Payment.  Providing the opportunity for children’s eligibility more than three years before the agreement was signed, ensures that the legacy being left behind would still benefit the family.

Many of our Second World War (WWII) Métis Nation Veterans have passed, and very few are still living. Time is of the essence to identify those living and present them with their Recognition Payment as soon as possible. Distributing Recognition Payments have begun, and already twenty-nine (29) of our Métis Nation Veterans have received their payments to date. We continue to identify and contact WWII Métis Nation Veterans and their families across the nation. 

The MVLP will offer funding for different projects and initiatives that focus on commemorating and honouring WWII Métis Nation Veterans. Initiatives approved for funding must associate to one of the four pillars which have been established as primary stakeholders of the overall program:

  • Métis Nation Veterans & Citizens
  • Recognized Métis Nation Governments, Organizations, & Institutes
  • The National Métis Veterans Association
  • Other Organizations & Institutes

The MVLP administers the program on behalf of the Minister Responsible for Veterans for the Métis Nation. Those interested in applying must complete a Letter of Intent which is the first step in the application process. Each submission is carefully evaluated then reviewed by the MVLP Review Committee which decides on the projects that will receive funding.

Examples of eligible projects include:

  • Remembrance Day initiatives
  • National Aboriginal Veterans Day initiatives
  • Second World War memorial monuments
  • Second World War commemorative ceremonies and events
  • Second World War Métis Nation Veteran education initiatives

For more details on the program, please visit the ‘Commemoration’ webpage where you will find the overview of the Program and the Letter of intent.

Individuals requesting the service files regarding a Second World War Veteran who served with the Canadian Armed Forces will need to contact Library and Archives Canada (LAC). To receive the service files, proper documentation will have to be provided under the following categories:

For veterans still living: Personal information cannot be released without the written consent of the individual concerned.

For veterans deceased less than 20 years: Only limited personal information will be released to an immediate family member (parent, spouse, sibling, child, or grandchild) of the individual concerned if proof of relationship and proof of death is provided. Proof of death is not required if the individual died while serving in the Canadian Armed Forces.

For veterans deceased more than 20 years: Information will be released on an individual deceased for more than 20 years if proof of death is provided. Proof of death is not required if the individual died while serving in the Canadian Armed Forces.

There are no access restrictions on the service files for members of the Canadian Armed Forces who died in service between 1939 and 1947.

Due to the limitations of Canada’s Privacy Act, Veterans Affairs Canada is unable to disclose the service files of a deceased veteran to family members or any other organization.

Click the link below to download a LAC Service File Request Form. Request forms will need to be sent by mail or fax to LAC.

https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/Generics/atip/Documents/15-249l_EN_Request_for_Military_Service_Files.pdf

Information will be continuously updated and provided via our website, and we encourage everyone to check for updates. To contact a representative from the Métis Veterans Legacy Program directly, please call 1-800-532-1993 or email at veteran.info@metisnation.ca.

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