There are many individuals looking for a source for
their Certificate of Aboriginal Status cards (sometimes
referred to as a Metis card or Metis status card).
The primary focus of the Ontario Metis Family Records
Center (OMFRC) is researching and documenting the
aboriginal and Metis families of North America. Our
vast record collections put us in the ideal position to
issue the cards.
These cards are sometimes referred to as an Indian
status card, certificate of Indian status, native card
or native status card. There are distinctions
between the terms. Some are issued by the
government, others by bands, and still others by Metis
organizations or Metis associations. Our cards
were initially aimed primarily at the Ontario Metis but
are now available to anyone with aboriginal ancestry.
Your membership fee will help to fund our research.
The OMFRC’s main focus is to document and preserve First
Nations and Métis family history.
The OMFRC was founded by Art Haines with the help
of a great many people who shared his goals.
We hope to someday have all aboriginal and Métis
records in our files.
Art has been documenting his own extended family for
forty years and has spent the past fifteen years
researching aboriginal and Métis families in an
ever-increasing area that now includes all of North
America. The OMFRC now has
an extended network of volunteer researchers who add to
our files on a daily basis.
We offer a second service that is unrelated to the
Certificate of Aboriginal Status.
This service is a search of our records as well
as archives and other record collections not in our
files. The purpose of this
search is to identify for you your aboriginal ancestors
and to give you whatever information is available about
them. We charge $100 for
this search. This money
doesn’t cover the dozens, even hundreds, of hours that
go into the search. The
money is used to purchase more records to add to our
collection. Please visit our
other website at
if this is of interest to you.
In late 2006 Art was asked to issue the Certificates of
Aboriginal Status cards. In
February of 2007 the OMFRC was formed to do this.
Another new organization, the Métis Family
Records Center, or MFRC, has also been organized.
This organization issues cards in other parts of
Canada and throughout the United States.
Other Métis organizations require you to provide full
documented proof linking you to your aboriginal
ancestor. We take a
different approach. If you
don’t have full documentation, we try to confirm your
Métis status from our own records.
There are many Métis who simply can’t get the
official documents demanded by other groups.
We don’t feel that fact should exclude them from
When we receive an application we search our records to
confirm the information you give us.
A Certificate of Aboriginal Status is issued if
we are able to connect your family to our files.
There is no charge for this and your money is
refunded in full if we can’t confirm your information.