Are you eligible for Indian status?

Find out if you are eligible to register and how to apply.

Bill S-3, An Act to amend the Indian Act in response to the Superior Court of Quebec decision in Descheneaux c. Canada (Procureur général), which extends entitlement to Indian status, received royal assent on December 12, 2017, and came into force on December 22, 2017.

Detailed instructions about how to apply for Indian status under Bill S-3 will be posted on this website in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, if you wish to apply you can start collecting the necessary documents and use this process: Are you applying as a grandchild of a woman who lost her Indian status through marriage?

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Are you applying for Indian status?

Find out if you are eligible and how to apply for Indian status as defined in the Indian Act.

How to apply if you are adopted?

Learn about the application process for Indian status if you are adopted.

Are you applying as a grandchild of a woman who lost her status through marriage?

Find out how to apply for Indian status as a Bill C-3 (Gender Equity in Indian Registration Act) applicant.

Are you applying with only one parent listed on your birth certificate?

How to apply if your birth certificate does not state the name of your biological parent who is registered or entitled to be registered.

Eliminating known sex-based inequities in Indian registration

Learn what the Government of Canada is doing to ensure equity between the sexes in Indian registration.

How long before you receive non-insured health benefits?

Learn more about how long it takes to receive non-insured health benefits for Status Indians.

Have you applied to join the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation?

Learn more about the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation enrolment process.

Has your application been denied?

Find out how to protest the Indian Registrar's decision on your application for Indian status.

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