Applying for Métis Health Benefits Program

Applying for Métis Health Benefits Program

Who can apply for Métis Health Benefits?

In order to qualify for this program, you must:

  • Be a permanent resident of the Northwest Territories (NWT)
  • Have a valid NWT Health Care Card
  • Indicate self-identification as Métis
  • Declare you are not registered under the Indian Act (commonly referred to as ‘status Indian’) or an Inuk recognized by an Inuit land claim organization
  • Provide a letter from one of the Indigenous governments or Indigenous organizations listed below confirming you are a member of one of the following Indigenous government or Indigenous organization whose members hold or asserts to hold Aboriginal rights in the Northwest Territories as affirmed by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982:
    • Dehcho First Nations as the regional government representing the Fort Providence Métis Council and Fort Simpson Métis Local #52
    • Gwich’in Tribal Council
    • Northwest Territory Métis Nation as the regional government representing the Fort Resolution Métis Government, Fort Smith Métis Council and Hay River Métis  Government Council
    • North Slave Métis Alliance
    • Sahtú Secretariat Incorporated
    • Tłıc̨hǫ Government

How to apply for the Métis Health Benefits Program?

Please Note: If you have access to benefits under an employer or similar plan, and choose not to use them, you will not be eligible for assistance under the Métis Health Benefits Program.

A health care card is required to receive health care benefits.


  • A valid NWT Health Care Card



  • There is no fee.

Contact this Service

Phone: 1-800-661-0830 (toll free)
Hours: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)

Sending the Completed Form…

Health Services Administration
Department of Health and Social Services
Bag #9
Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0
Fax to: 1-867-777-3197
Email to:

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