The National Council was formed in 1983, to support the recognition of the Métis as a distinct ethnicity whom identifies themselves separate from any aboriginal group, whom is a part of Métis Nation ancestry (this involves the Northwest and Red River, Manitoba settlement where they became a separate Nation) and one whom is accepted as a Métis, by the Métis Nation, in their current community. This Council was formed in Canada, in Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982. It is a recognized voice of the Métis people in five Canadian Provinces to the Government of Canada, and represents these Métis people on the international stage. The National Council is governed by a Board of Governors made up of the presidents of the provincial Métis organizations, and the national president. A former national president of the Council is Yvon Dumont, who went on to become the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba. The current president of the Métis National Council is Clément Chartier.
The MNC is composed of five provincial Métis organizations. They are:
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