Three Métis groups signed a deal with the federal government on Friday that recognises them as Indigenous governments, putting them on equal constitutional footing with First Nations and opening the door to future negotiations such as land compensation.

“That proper recognition of a Métis government has always been the dream for over 90 years,” Audrey Poitras, president of the Métis Nation of Alberta, said.

Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller, who also signed the agreement with the Métis Nation of Ontario and Métis Nation of Saskatchewan, said legislation would be introduced soon.