Métis Harvesters

Email: harvest@mmf.mb.ca

Minister: Leah LaPlante

The MMF Natural Resources Portfolio is dedicated to protecting our Métis Harvesters and our Métis Rights.

If you have any questions or would like additional information about harvesting, please call 204-586-8474 or email harvest@mmf.mb.ca.

Opening of the 2021-22 Harvesting Season

The MMF is excited to announce the opening of the 2021-22 Harvesting season. The new CTF & Big Game Tags will be available to order starting today (April 1st) and the Request Form is available on the MMF website. The MMF will recognize the 2020-21 CTF sticker until April 18th, 2021 to allow for any mailing delays. Happy Harvesting!

MMF Announces Limited Re-Opening of Moose Harvesting in Porcupine Mountain and Duck Mountain as well as Full Re-Opening of GHA 26 starting Oct. 1, 2020


September 29, 2020

MMF Announces Limited Re-Opening of Moose Harvesting in Porcupine Mountain and Duck Mountain as well as Full Re-Opening of GHA 26 starting Oct. 1, 2020

Winnipeg, MB – Using a conservation-minded approach, the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) will re-open the Game Hunting Areas (GHAs) 13, 13A – Porcupine Mountain and GHAs 18, 18A, 18B, 18C – Duck Mountain for the harvest of bull moose (no cows, calves, or yearlings) on a limited basis through the Moose Conservation Harvesting Initiative, commencing October 1, 2020. GHA 26 – Nopiming – was closed to Métis Harvesters as a precautionary measure by the MMF. The MMF will be fully re-opening GHA 26 to the harvesting of moose for MMF Métis Harvesters. 

At this time, the MMF has decided that GHAs 12, 14, 14A, 19A, 21, 21A, 29, and 29A will remain closed until the MMF can conduct its own surveying of the big game population when the seasons change. The MMF has committed to making these results public and sharing them with the province directly.

In correspondence with the MMF from a 2018 letter and at town halls, the Manitoba government had stated their surveys indicated that the moose populations in Porcupine Mountain and Duck Mountain areas were stable and 2% of the population, or 60 animals, could be harvested. 

Since the closures there have been no MMF records of collectivity-based section 35 consultation or accommodation of the Manitoba Métis Community by the Manitoba Government despite a 2019 letter from the MMF requesting consultation.

“The Métis Government and the Metis Laws of the Harvest place a priority on conservation-minded harvesting. The MMF is seeking a cooperative approach with the province of Manitoba in these conservation efforts. In consultation with our Elders, we agreed that, beginning in 2011, we would mutually close the areas for protection. We are now into the 9th year of closures and it is time for the harvest to continue in a monitored responsible collective manner,” said MMF President David Chartrand. “Indigenous Peoples’ rights to harvest for culture and food have constitutional priority over recreation hunters.

“We are going to be engaging with First Nations leadership to come to an agreement on how First Nations and Métis Nation Harvesters will move forward on moose harvesting and sharing in a fair and equitable manner and will further engage with other stakeholders,” President Chartrand continued. “This is being done with conservation as a top priority and, as our Elders always tell us, with rights come responsibilities.” 

The MMF announced that it will be permitting party hunting in Porcupine Mountain and Duck Mountain. Parties must consist of a minimum of four Harvesters. Harvesters will need to apply for a unique Conservation Moose Tag, which will be issued to the Captain of the Hunt of the Party. The Captain of the Hunt must then return the Conservation Moose Tag and, as is regular practice, to report on their harvest.

“The Métis have always honoured our traditional laws and our responsibilities to our plants, fish and wildlife, our community today and our future generations,” explained MMF Minister of Natural Resources Leah LaPlante. “For nearly a decade, the province of Manitoba has been announcing moose closures and talking about a moose management plan, but never meaningfully engaged and consulted the Métis Government on the closures and plans.”

Following tradition, it is expected that these party hunts will provide bounty to be shared with our Elders and vulnerable Citizens not only in the re-opening of the Moose Conservation Harvesting Initiative areas but also while regularly harvesting within all GHAs. 

“This is especially important to help provide further support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” said President Chartrand. “In order to protect our families, we want to make sure that Métis Harvesters are able to support their loved ones and meet the needs of our Métis Elders and vulnerable Citizens during this unprecedented time.”

For more information on the Moose Conservation Harvesting Initiative, please visit the MMF website at www.mmf.mb.ca
MMF Letter to Harvesters re-Moose Harvesting InitiativeDownloadMoose Conservation Harvesting Initiative Information SheetDownloadMoose Conservation Harvesting Initiative FormDownload

Believe in Yourself; Believe in Métis.

The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is the democratic self-governing political representative for the Métis Nation’s Manitoba Métis Community. The Manitoba Métis Community is Canada’s Partner in Confederation and the Founder of the Province of Manitoba.

For media information, please contact:
Marci Riel
Manitoba Metis Federation
Cell: 204-619-1228
Email: marci.riel@mmf.mb.ca


Last Updated: May 29, 2020

If you would like to receive your Conservation Trust Fund (CTF) Sticker and big game tags for the 2020-21 Harvesting season, they will be available on June 1st, 2020.

In order to adhere to physical distancing policies and ensure the safety of our citizens and staff, we will be allowing Metis harvesters to receive their CTF sticker and big games tags in the mail. If you would like to take advantage of this option, please contact your Regional Office for assistance.

When you speak with your Regional Clerk, advise them that you would like to purchase your CTF sticker and big game tags. The Clerk will ask you to complete a mandatory harvesting survey, which identifies what you harvested in the last season.

This survey can be completed by the Registry Clerk with you over the phone. The Clerk will record your name and will prepare your harvesting package.

The CTF Purchase Form is available below. Please print the form, fill it out and submit it along with any remaining big game tags you have from last season and $25.00 for your CTF purchase (cash and money order are current acceptable methods of payment) to your Regional Office. Once payment is received in the office, your package with your CTF sticker and big game tags will be mailed to you.

Once you receive your package with CTF sticker and big game tags, please make sure to append your sticker to the back of your harvester card BEFORE you go harvesting to ensure your card is valid. Under our Metis Laws of the Harvest, Big Game season does not open until July 15th. Please
ensure you follow our Metis Harvesting laws and wait until July 15th or after to start big game hunting with your new tags.

The MMF recognizes that this process is different from what we are all used to doing and we may experience some delays getting your CTF to you on June 1st, 2020. To assist our Metis harvesters during this transition period to get your 2020-21 CTF sticker, the MMF will still recognize the 2019-20 CTF stickers as being valid until July 15th, 2020.

This will give all of our harvesters time to receive your new CTF sticker and big game tags in the mail after June 1st.

In response to the developing news of Covid-19 in Manitoba, the MMF Central Registry Office would like to provide Metis citizens the following update to our operations:

•            The Central Registry Office will now remain closed to the public until June 1st, 2020, or later, as necessary

•            The Central Registry Office staff are still working and will do the best to assist citizens and harvesters during this time; please contact your Regional Office via telephone or email if you require assistance

•            All in-person citizenship and harvester intake will be suspended until June 1st, 2020, or later, as necessary; please contact your Regional Office via telephone or email if you require assistance with your citizenship or harvesting application and we will do our best to have your application processed for you

•            Conservation Trust Fund (CTF) stickers and new big game tags will not be available for purchase until June 1st, 2020 or later, as necessary,. Harvesters will be allowed to use their CTF sticker from the 2019-20 harvesting season until May 31st, 2020, or later, as necessary.

•            The season for harvesting most big game species does not open until July 15th, under our normal Laws of the Harvest, except for bear. Harvesters who still have a remaining bear tag from the 2019-20 harvesting season may use that tag until May 31, 2020.

MMF Night Hunting and Night Lighting Agro-Zone Boundary

Following consultations with our Community regarding Night Hunting issues, MMF delegates passed two Resolutions at our Annual General Assembly, on September 24, 2017: First, a complete prohibition on Dangerous Night Spotlighting anywhere in Manitoba; and Second, prohibition of Night Hunting within Agro-Manitoba from dusk to dawn, with continued Night Hunting and Stationary Spotlighting in Non-Agro Manitoba, away from settlements and local populations allowed. With regard to both these Resolutions, the MMF’s directive was to develop policy including definitions, a map, and map notes.

On February 9, 2019 MMF Caucus/Cabinet passed the MMF Night Hunting and Night Lighting Agro-Zone Boundary Resolution, which provides the policy specifying Metis Night Hunting Law in Manitoba. Our Metis Laws of the Harvest will be amended to reflect this Resolution effective April 10, 2019. The MMF will defend any Metis Harvesters exercising Metis harvesting rights in accordance to the Metis Laws of the Harvest.

The following documents are to be used in conjunction with one another:

MMF Night Hunting Law Notice

MMF Cabinet Resolution: Night Hunting and Night Lighting Agro-Zone Boundary Resolution

Schedule A: MMF Agro-Zone Boundary Definitions

Schedule B: MMF Agro-Zone Boundary Map

Schedule C: MMF Agro-Zone Boundary Map Notes

Schedule C: Map Note Overview

Schedule C: Map Note 1

Schedule C: Map Note 2

Schedule C: Map Note 3

Schedule C: Map Note 4

Schedule C: Map Note 5

Schedule C: Map Note 6

Schedule C: Map Note 7

Schedule C: Map Note 8

Map 1: MMF Agro-Zone Boundary with Game Hunting Areas

Map 2: MMF Agro-Zone Boundary with Rural Municipalities

Map 3: MMF Agro-Zone Boundary with Township & Range Grid

2017 MMF AGA Night Hunting and Night Lighting Passed Resolution

Harvester Permission Slips

Due to recurring issues surrounding Métis Harvesters hunting on private land with verbal permission only, the MMF developed a permission slip to be used to obtain written permission from private landowners. This will reduce chances of Harvesters being faced with a hearsay situation if the landowner decides to revoke permission after the fact. Written permission supports a Harvester’s right to hunt on private land when approached by a Conservation Officer. The Métis Harvester Private Land Permission Slip is also available at our Central Registry Office, and through our Regional Offices.

Métis Harvesting Map

View Métis Harvesting Map

Harvesting Notices

NOTICE – Manitoba Métis Harvesting

Documents & Information

Métis Harvester Private Land Permission Slip

Metis Laws of the Harvest. Guide to Metis Hunting, Fishing, Trapping and Gathering

Moose Law

Moose hunting closures

2020 – 2021 MMF Harvester Survey

News Releases


Manitoba Metis Federation Annual General Assembly Resolves to Defend Métis Harvesting Rights in Manitoba


2017 AGA Resolution #2 – Night-Hunting in Agro-Manitoba (Southern Manitoba) and the rest of Manitoba (Central and Northern Manitoba)

2017 AGA Resolution #1 – Complete Prohibition on Dangerous Night Spot-Lighting


Metis Laws of the Hunt Influential in Conservation and Recognition of Rights


Read MMF Harvesting Rights News Release

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