Media Contacts

Ministry of Health

250 952-1887 (media line)

Nick Hosseinzadeh

Métis Nation British Columbia
778 996-6425


Facts about Métis People
  • In 2016, the self-identified Métis population of B.C. was 89,405, representing about one-third of Indigenous people in B.C.
  • Approximately 22,000 people in B.C. are Métis citizens registered with Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC).
  • The Métis population in B.C. is substantially younger than the non-Indigenous population, with higher proportions of people between the ages of 0 and 34, and lower proportions in age groups 35 and older.
  • Métis People are more frequently represented in lower income brackets and have a median pre-tax income lower than that of non-Indigenous people in B.C.
  • Métis People in B.C. are more likely to be active in the labour force (either working or looking for work) compared to non-Indigenous people.
  • Increasing the number of Métis People in health-care professions is an important component of cultural safety.
  • Although 2% of the overall population of B.C. self-identified as Métis in 2016, 0.4% of registered physicians in B.C. self-identified as Métis in 2019.
  • Métis women, girls and 2SLGBTQ+ people are integral to Métis communities and culture, yet face additional barriers to cultural safety, health and wellness.
  • Métis youth surveyed in 2018 who reported that they participated in cultural activities were more likely to feel connected to their community.
Reporting on the health of Métis People in B.C.

In 2019, MNBC and Office of the Provincial Health Officer committed to produce four Métis Public Health Surveillance Program reports by 2030; a baseline report making recommendations and setting targets, two interim reports measuring progress, and a final report assessing whether targets were met and outlining the next steps.

This series will monitor health inequities in terms of chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and respiratory illnesses, as well as strengths-based indicators such as Indigenous language use. Reporting will be done in a manner that honours and privileges Métis stories, voices, and perspectives on health and wellness.

The Métis are a distinct Indigenous Peoples with inherent rights, including the right to cultural safety and cultural wellness. Recognition of Métis identity promotes their inherent rights and pride for Métis People, which contributes to reconciliation, healthier communities and Métis cultural wellness.

For Métis People, determinants of health and health inequity must be understood within both the broader context of historical, structural, and systemic inequities and protective factors such as cultural continuity, identity, self-determination, and connection to the land.

Distinctions-based approaches that recognize the unique experiences, perspectives, rights, and needs of Métis and other Indigenous Peoples are key to improving Métis cultural wellness.