Frequently Asked Questions
Background: After twenty years of lobbying from MNC Veterans Minister and President of the Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF), David Chartrand, for the acknowledgement of Métis Veterans service during the Second World War (WWII), recognition was achieved. On June 13th, 2019, the Métis National Council (MNC) and the Federal Government of Canada officially signed the Métis Veterans Recognition Payment Contribution Agreement. Métis Veterans, who had all been forgotten, were finally recognized for their heroics, sacrifice, and contribution towards freedoms Canadians experience today.
During visits and consultations by the Minister with our Métis Veterans throughout the homeland, the importance of an official apology from Canada was expressed as the highest redemption by all our Veterans. On September 10, 2019, the Federal Government of Canada, under Justin Trudeau’s administration, formally apologized for the mistreatment and neglect Métis Veterans received both during their service and upon returning home from WWII.
The Program: The agreement was formed surrounding the disregard for WWII Métis Veterans upon their return to Canada. They failed to receive the same supports, resources or benefits promised to them that were routinely given to other non-Métis Veterans, which included an economic foundation to help re-build their lives. Furthermore, many of them were systemically discriminated against by Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), despite having served for their country. As a result, the Métis Veterans Legacy Program (MVLP) was established and provides qualified WWII Métis Veteran compensation for their pre- and post-war experiences.
The Métis Veterans Legacy Program (MVLP) has two objectives:
- To acknowledge, through an individual Recognition Payment, the pre- and post-war experiences of Second World War (WWII) Métis Veterans which may have negatively impacted their demobilization success; and
- To deliver continued support through the Commemoration Program to our Métis Veterans, for their sacrifices and contributions, by promoting awareness and appreciation across the Métis Nation and all of Canada.
The MVLP Program is comprised of three phases:
Phase I: As very few WWII Métis Veterans are still living among us, Minister Chartrand has initiated a campaign throughout the Métis Homeland to identify all surviving WWII Métis Veterans. Following the signing of the agreement with Canada, Recognition Payments have commenced immediately going directly to qualified WWII Métis Veterans. We will continue to present payments to our WWII Veterans as they become known to us.
Phase II: Minister Chartrand felt it was essential that consideration be given to the families of WWII Veterans that had passed during the negotiation period with Canada. After careful consideration and deliberation with community members and family members of WWII Métis veterans, Recognition Payments will now be presented to surviving spouses and common-law partners regardless of when their loved one passed. In addition, should the spouse or common-law partner have also passed, the surviving children of Métis Veterans that we have lost after January 1, 2016, are entitled to receive equal portions of the Recognition Payment.
Phase III: The Commemoration Program comprises the third phase of the MVLP which is currently under development and is expected to be launched in 2020. The intent behind the Commemoration Program is to preserve the legacy of WWII Métis 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. As well, help establish and develop new Métis Veteran focused initiatives. Grassroots consultations with Métis Nation citizens will assist in identifying the scope and eligibility requirements of these initiatives as we advance and improve the Commemoration Program.
A Veteran is required to provide evidence of their Second World War (WWII) service, and proof they are of legitimate Métis ancestry. A Métis 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 (both dates inclusive). The Recognition Payment will be presented as soon as possible after verification that these criteria have been met.
A spouse or common-law partner is required to present evidence that they were in fact a spouse or common-law partner of a WWII Métis Veteran. In addition, they will need to provide a service record and proof of Métis ancestry regarding the Veteran. The Recognition Payment will be presented as soon as possible after verification that these criteria have been met.
A child is required to provide evidence that their parent was a WWII Métis veteran and that they are related to them. They will need to disclose whether they have siblings also related to the Veteran. As well, they must provide a service record and proof a Métis ancestry regarding the Veteran. The Recognition Payment will be presented as soon as possible after verification that these criteria have been met.
A one-time payment of $20,000 will be presented to each living Second World War (WWII) Métis Veteran. If the Veteran has passed, the Recognition Payment will be forwarded 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 children.
A Métis Veteran’s surviving spouse or common-law partner or child (ren) 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 Veteran (marriage certificate, proof of common-law relationship, long-form birth certificate)
- provide evidence of the Métis Veteran’s Second World War service
- provide evidence of the Métis Veteran’s Métis ancestry
- provide evidence of the Métis Veteran’s death on or after January 1, 2016 (Children)
- provide evidence of the Métis Veteran’s death (Spouse and Common-Law Partner)
- provide evidence of living together at the time of the Métis Veteran’s death (Spouse and Common-law Partner)
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 he 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 are 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: Personal 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.
For members of the Canadian Armed Forces who died in service between 1939 and 1947, there are no access restrictions on the service files.
Due to the limitations of Canada’s Privacy Act, Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) 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.
While the Métis Nation has always honoured our Métis Veterans and hold them in the highest regard across the Métis Homeland, their honour, contributions and sacrifices are largely unknown throughout the rest of Canada. The intent of the Commemoration Program is to keep their legacy alive by promoting awareness and appreciation amongst Métis and the Canadian public of Second World War Métis Veterans achievements and sacrifices for future generations.
The Commemoration Program is currently under development and the launch of the program is expected within the next several weeks.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. All other inquiries can be made to the Métis National Council at Tel: (613) 232-3216 ext. 532, Toll-Free: 1 (800) 532-1993