Region 5 is one of nine regions represented by the Métis Nation of Ontario. The region covers from Chalk River through to South River through to Killarney then west to Espanola and North to Temagami. \ They serve Métis Community Councils in Mattawa, North Bay and Sudbury of all ages with programs, services, supports, and strong advocacy for Métis rights. In which includes 2 historical Métis communities of Mattawa/Ottawa River and environs along with Killarney and environs.

La Région 5 est l’une des neuf régions représentées par la Nation métisse de l’Ontario. La région s’étend de Chalk River à South River en passant par Killarney, puis à l’ouest jusqu’à Espanola et au nord jusqu’à Temagami. Ils servent les conseils communautaires métis de Mattawa, North Bay et Sudbury de tous âges avec des programmes, des services, des soutiens et de solides défenseurs des droits des Métis. Dans lequel comprend 2 communautés métisses historiques de Mattawa / rivière des Outaouais et des environs ainsi que Killarney et ses environs.

Sudbury Region
Copper Cliff

North Bay Region
East Ferris
Sturgeon Falls

Mattwa Region
Chalk River
Deep River
Deux Rivieres
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In Powley, the Supreme Court of Canada held that Métis rights—protected by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982—exist in Ontario. This case established the framework for the recognition of Métis rights.

The Métis within section 35 refers to distinctive peoples or communities who, in addition to their mixed First Nation and European ancestry, developed their own customs, way of life, and recognizable group identity separate from their forebearers.

In order for a contemporary Métis community to possess section 35 rights it must have its roots in an identifiable historic Métis community that emerged prior to the time when Europeans established effective political and legal control in the area. It is therefore crucial to identify such historic Métis communities.

Identifying a historic Metis community requires demographic evidence that the population was identified as distinctive, evidence that the community had its own collective identity, and, evidence that the community had its own shared customs, practices and traditions.

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Sudbury Region

The Sudbury Métis Council is a charter member of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO), The Charter Agreement along with the Community Code and Community Electoral code are the policy documents that the SMC refers to when holding mandatory community elections. These documents also outline the rules and regulations for conducting council business and ensuring transparency and accountability through sound fiscal management.

The community represented by the Sudbury Métis Council is described geographically as follows:


From Key River follow the Key River in a western direction till it intersects with Georgian Bay. Follow the shoreline of Georgian Bay in a westerly direction to George Island from George Island proceed in a southwesterly direction till you intersect with the eastern tip of Manitoulin Island (Wikwemikong) follow the easter shoreline of Manitoulin Island in a southern direction around the shoreline of Manitoulin Island through South Bay Mouth to Providence Bay. Continue along the shoreline to Burnt Island, around the shoreline of Meldrum Bay, continue along the shoreline of Manitoulin Island until you reach Little Current.


From Little Current draw a vertical line north to Webbwood. From Webbwood proceed in a northerly direction following the Spanish River until you reach the northern tip of Pogamasing Lake.


From the northern tip of Hwy 805 follow Hwy 805 in a southern direction until Hwy 805 intersects with Hwy 35A. Follow Hwy 35A south to River Valley, continue southeast to Desauliners, from Desauliniers draw a vertical line south to 3km east of Verner. From Verner proceed southwest to Key River.

North Bay and Mattawa Region

(December 10, 2014 - Ottawa, ON) ― Today, Métis Nation of Ontario (“MNO”) President Gary Lipinski was pleased to announce the release of a historic report on the Métis in the Mattawa/Nipissing region. The report was prepared by two independent research companies: StoneCircle Consulting and Know History and is a result of a tripartite research initiative financially supported by the Ontario Government and the Government of Canada with equal participation of the MNO throughout.

After an extensive, independent review of both English and French historic records about the region, the researchers concluded that a distinct, inter-related Métis population emerged in the Mattawa/Nipissing study region in the early 1800s. Based on the history of the region, it is clear that this historic Métis community meets the legal test set out by the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. Powley, [2003] 2 SCR 207. Today, the MNO represents the descendants of this historic Métis community throughout the region.

MNO President Lipinski said, “This report confirms what the MNO has always known. A significant, distinctive and interrelated Métis community emerged along the fur trade waterways in this region in the early 19th Century. This community is a part of a larger network that connects regional Métis communities within Ontario as a part of the larger Métis Nation. Any uncertainty about the history and contemporary existence of this rights-bearing Métis community should now be a thing of the past.”

This research also fulfills a shared commitment of the MNO and the Ontario Government flowing from the 2004 MNO-Ontario Harvesting Agreement with respect to pursuing joint research on the MNO’s identified traditional territories (as set out in the MNO Harvesting Policy and the attached map). This harvesting agreement, which remains in place today, recognizes the MNO Harvesting Policy and MNO Harvesters Card system in those traditional territories.

“I want to thank both Ontario and Canada for their support of this research initiative. This tripartite research demonstrates governments can work together to achieve results if there is political will and a sustained commitment. This report will also assist MNO in moving forward in our rights-based agenda based on the facts of history and will ensure proper Crown consultation occurs with the Métis community in this region in the future,” concluded President Lipinski.