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Welcome to our website. If you
continue to browse and use this website, you are
agreeing to comply with and be bound by the following
terms and conditions of use, which together with our
Center’s (OMFRC) relationship with you in relation to
If you disagree with any part of
these terms and conditions, please do not use our
Ontario Métis Family Records Center, or OMFRC, or ‘us’
or ‘we’ refers to the owner of the website whose
registered office is 1314 Hybla Road, RR 5, Bancroft,
ON, K0L 1C0. The term ‘you’ refers to the user or viewer
of our website.
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Our Privacy Statement
By applying for membership with the Ontario Métis Family
records Center (OMFRC), you have entrusted us with your
personal information, and give consent for the use of it
We are committed to protecting this information.
We need to collect a certain amount of personal
information from you in order to process your
application, keep in touch with you, and fulfill our
mandate and our responsibilities to you as a member of
the OMFRC. You in turn have a right to expect us to
treat your personal information with the care and
respect it deserves.
We hereby pledge to use, maintain, and protect
your personal information responsibly and in accordance
with the highest privacy principles and standards, as
enshrined in Canadian federal and provincial privacy
The Ontario Métis Family Records Center (OMFRC) only
collects personal information in two ways:
When you give it to us voluntarily, for example,
by filling out a form or survey, or over the telephone,
or, when we research your family history on your behalf.
The OMFRC does not sell or lend your information to any
third-party marketing group.
We don’t share your personal information with anyone
except to comply with the law, develop our products,
protect our rights or to process your application.
By applying for membership, you consent to our sharing
your family history information with our researchers and
data entry personnel.
We may gather information about traffic on our web site
so that we can continue to develop the site to better
suit your needs. This does not include personal
information about you, but includes information about
your visit on the site such as:
The name of your Internet service provider, its IP
address and the name of your service provider's service.
The length of each visit.
The number of requests per visit.
Your type of operating system (Windows, MacIntosh, Unix,
Your browser type (Netscape, Internet Explorer, etc.)
You, as a Canadian are protected by two federal privacy
laws, the Privacy Act and the Personal Information
Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). PIPEDA
is based on the Canadian Standards Association's Model
Code for the Protection of Personal Information, which
is incorporated into the legislation.
Organizations in Quebec are subject
to the Quebec private sector privacy
law. Oversight of the law is in the
hands of the Commission d'accès à l'information.
“Personal information” is personally identifiable
information such as your name, residential address and
email address and includes information about any
services or products you may subscribe for or acquire
from the OMFRC, credit card information and billing
records. Personal Information is collected by the OMFRC
only when you, as a visitor to our Web sites,
specifically and knowingly choose to provide it to us.
Data Collection and Uses
Below are listed the personal data we collect on your
application for membership, and the reasons for
– If you are applying for membership in the OMFRC we
need to know your name.
Your full name is required for the genealogical
is needed so that we can send you your membership card
and other correspondence.
are needed so that we can contact you for membership
- This is needed for our newsletter and other
Not all three
items above are essential, as long as we can contact
you in some
Date of Birth, Gender and Family history
- All of these are required in order for us to process
your application for membership.
We are a genealogical organization and a
membership requirement is that you have aboriginal
have to be able to prove that, either from the
information you submit and/or from our own records.
– Occasionally we will receive information directly
relating to your occupation.
Knowing your occupation, we are able to share
that information with you.
We also might contact you and ask you to
volunteer if we need someone of your background and
You are not required to provide your occupation if you
don’t want to.
Your membership card requires a photo of you.
Known aboriginal ancestry and other family history
- Providing this can save us a great deal of time.
It isn’t a requirement if you don’t have that
We will also ask you for other family history.
This is used to increase the information in our
genealogical database, and that my aid us in our
endeavours to identify aboriginal ancestry for other
Our long range goal is to document the family histories
of every family in Canada, from their arrival in Canada,
to the present day.
Your Personal Information
None of your personal information is shared with anyone
outside of the OMFRC.
Some of it is entered into our membership
database and/or our genealogical database.
Access to both databases is strictly controlled,
We are aware of the dangers of identity theft and guard
your information with the same care that we guard our
You may withdraw your consent to any further collection,
use or disclosure of personal information which you may
have provided at any time by giving the OMFRC prior
Credit card information is also rigidly controlled.
None of this information is stored
When you browse through our web sites, you do so
anonymously. The OMFRC does not collect personal
information about you unless you voluntarily provide it
to us by interacting with our sites or submitting an
inquiry to us. Our servers automatically log information
about visits to our web sites in the normal course of
establishing and maintaining web connections. The server
logs record statistical information, such as visitors’
IP addresses, time and duration of visit, and web sites
visited. We collect this information so that we may
continuously improve our web site content. These
statistics are reported in aggregate form only. We do
not link server log information to any other data in a
way that would enable us to identify individual
External Data Storage Sites
We may store your data (NOT financial data) on servers
provided by third party hosting vendors with whom we
Your privacy responsibilities
To help protect your privacy, be sure:
not to share your user ID or password with anyone
to log off the OMFRC Web site when you are finished;
to take customary precautions to guard against
“malware” (viruses, Trojan horses, bots, etc.), for
example by installing and updating suitable
collection and use of information by companies that the
OMFRC does not control, nor by individuals not employed
or managed by the OMFRC. If you visit a Web site that we
before providing the site with information.
Information Collected from Children
Children are welcome to use our websites.
In fact we welcome them.
To apply for membership, however, this must be
done on their behalf by a parent or guardian. The OMFRC
does not knowingly collect information from anyone under
the age of sixteen.
are a feature of every Internet software browser and are
used to collect information anonymously and to track
user patterns on a web site. A cookie is a small text
file that is placed on the hard disk drive of your
computer by a web site. Cookies contain a unique
identification number that identifies your browser, but
not the visitor, to our computers each time you visit
our web sites. Cookies tell us which pages of our web
sites are visited and by how many people. The use of
cookies is an industry standard and many major browsers
are initially set up to accept them. You can reset your
browser to either refuse to accept all cookies or to
notify you when you have received a cookie. However, if
you refuse to accept cookies, you may not be able to use
some of the features available on OMFRC web sites.
Cookies are used to establish a user session and allow
our computers to correctly provide visitors to our web
site with the appropriate frames and content. Our
cookies will not follow your travels on the World Wide
Our web sites have industry standard security measures
in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of
the information under our control. While there is no
such thing as “perfect security” on the Internet, the
OMFRC will take all reasonable steps to ensure the
safety of your personal information.
Links to Other Web Sites
web sites may contain links to other web sites. The
OMFRC is not responsible for the privacy practices or
the content of such other web sites and expressly
disclaims all liability associated with your use of and
the content of such other sites.
Access to Your Personal Information
You have the right to access your personal information
under the control of the OMFRC. Upon request in writing
to the Chief Privacy Officer at the address listed
below, you will be informed of the existence, use, and
disclosure of your personal information and you will be
given access to that information. Except in limited
circumstances, as specifically provided by applicable
privacy legislation, the OMFRC can tell you whether we
hold personal information about you. The OMFRC will only
refuse access to information about you in those
circumstances permitted or required by applicable
privacy legislation. If the OMFRC refuses access to you,
reasons for such refusal will be provided. Exceptions
may include information that contains references to
other individuals or information that cannot be
disclosed for legal or security reasons.
Personal information does not include family
history, except for that portion originally provided by
We do not share
personal information with third-parties nor do we store
information we collect about your visit to this blog for
use other than to analyze content performance through
by modifying your Internet browser's settings. We are
not responsible for the republishing of the content
found on this blog on other
subject to change without notice.
Notice to European Union Users and Others Outside of
The OMFRC‘s operations are located primarily in Canada
and the United States. If you provide information to us,
the information will be transferred out of the European
Union (EU) or other country to Canada. By providing
personal information to us, you are consenting to its
storage and use as described herein.
Changes to the Policy
deem necessary or appropriate because of legal
compliance requirements or changes in our business
When changes are
on our websites with the date of each change.
time you visit one of our sites.
Your continued use of the site after any change in this
If you have comments or questions about our policy or,
wish to make a complaint, please contact our Chief
Privacy Officer at:
Chief Privacy Officer
Road, RR 5