COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Support for BCMF Members

BCMF has received funding support for our members impacted by the global pandemic. Applications for accessing this support are now closed. If you have any questions, please contact Drake Henry, BCMF Project Coordinator at d.henry@bcmetis.com

COVID-19 Vaccination Information for BCMF Members

We are pleased to confirm that BC Métis Federation members are now also included in the Indigenous populations considered for early access during the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. We have received a number of questions regarding registration and how our members can access the vaccination. Please read through the items below and if your question has not been answered, you can contact Drake Henry at d.henry@bcmetis.com for further support.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When can I access the COVID-19 Vaccine?

A: Phase Two of the Vaccine roll-out begins on March 8th, 2021. Phase two includes seniors aged 80+ who are not yet immunized and Indigenous peoples including Métis individuals aged 65+. If you are between the ages of 45 and 64, and identify as Métis, you will become eligible for the vaccine during Phase 3, which is currently scheduled to take place from April -June 2021.

Please see this chart above for more details

Q. Do I need my membership card to get my vaccine?


A. Indigenous peoples including Métis aged 65+ are eligible to receive the vaccination earlier than the general population. Large volumes of registrations are expected when call in and online registration begins on March 8th. As such, BCMF recommends that you hold an active membership card (not expired) to streamline the process of registering for your vaccination. Your renewal date is shown on the back of your card and must not be in the past.

The back of your membership card contains a variety of important information including your Membership number, Membership type, and renewal date.

Click here for more membership information.

Q. My BCMF membership card has expired. Can I still register for the vaccination?

A. Indigenous peoples including Métis are eligible to receive the vaccination earlier than the general population, and over 400,000 people are expected to be vaccinated during Phase two. As such, BCMF recommends holding an active membership to streamline the process of registering for the vaccination. Renewal is very quick and easy.

Please contact membership@bcmetis.com or call our head office.

Q. I am Métis, but I do not have a membership card. Can I still qualify to get my vaccine?

BCMF recommends obtaining your membership card, in order to streamline the process of registration. Membership information can be found here. As long as all of your documentation is in order, and you have the relevant paperwork to prove your Métis genealogy BCMF can write a letter confirming your membership, so you don’t have to wait for your card to arrive.

Please include this request during your application process or send an email to membership@bcmetis.com.

Q. I want to help my parents/family members/elders register for their vaccine. Can I do that?

A. Yes, you are able to register on behalf of a relative. Please ensure you have their PHN (Personal Health Number) and are registering during the appropriate Phase of vaccine rollout. Required information includes the person’s first and last name, date of birth, postal code, personal health number, and contact information.

Please have your BCMF membership information as well. If you are unsure of your membership number, please see the back of your membership card for the membership number and the renewal date.

Please email membership@bcmetis.com if you cannot locate your card or have additional questions. Health officials stress that booking centres will never ask for a person’s Social Insurance Number, Driver’s Licence Number, or any banking and credit card numbers.

Q. My spouse is non-Métis. Can they also get their vaccination at the same time as me?

A. Unfortunately, no. Associate and honorary members do not qualify, only full BCMF members with Métis genetics qualify for early vaccination. Individuals must register in the appropriate phase for the general population unless they fit other criteria. If you are unsure which membership type you hold, you can check on the back of your BC Métis Federation Membership Card, as shown below.

If you have misplaced your card, please contact membership@bcmetis.com

Q. Where do I register to get my vaccine?

A. You can register via phone or online (depending on your local health authority) beginning on March 8th for Indigenous peoples (including Métis) who are 65+ years of age. Call-ins will begin on March 8, and vaccinations are scheduled to start on March 15. Each health authority across the province will have a unique call centre number and a number of available clinics where appointments can be made. People living in Fraser Health, however, will be able to book their appointments online. You will then be given a list of clinics to choose from close to home, and the call centre agent will confirm the appointment time and location.

More information including how to find your local health authority, and additional FAQ is available here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/seniors

If you have any questions, or need additional assistance, please contact d.henry@bcmetis.com or call BCMF at 604-638-7220.

Links to COVID-19 Resources

We urge members and our Métis families to be safe and stay healthy during this COVID-19 pandemic. Please remember to respect social distancing and remain at home to limit the impacts and spread of COVID-19, especially to the vulnerable Métis Elders and individuals with respiratory issues across our Métis communities and beyond.

BC Métis Federation has postponed upcoming community meetings and events and we continue to review the impacts of public policies. Watch for future updates about COVID-19 policy changes.

Province of British Columbia

Government of Canada

Canada Revenue Agency

Business Development Bank of Canada

Employment and Social Development Canada

Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Canadian Federation of Independent Business

World Health Organisation