How to update the Indian Register?
Find out how to report an event or amend an entry.
How do you report a birth in the Indian Register?
When registering a birth:
- Include information about the child's Indigenous background and the name or location of the First Nation or First Nations to which the child's ancestors belonged. If you know the names of registered relatives, include those too.
- You must include the child's original long-form birth certificate containing the name(s) of the parent(s). You can obtain this document from the province or territory where the child was born. Consult Authentication of documents to learn more about how to obtain the child's birth certificate. The original will be returned to you through regular mail.
- Any parent(s) listed on the birth certificate or legal guardian(s) will also be required to sign a parental statement.
Births can be entered at any Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) regional office, as well as at some band offices. Your band office's Indian Registration Administrator can also help you get and complete the necessary forms.
How do you report the death of a registered family member?
It is important that the information in the Indian Register be correct and up to date.
Make sure to report the death of a registered family member to INAC by:
Step 1: Providing any of these following documents:
- death certificate
- vital statistics death record or extract
- church death registration or document
- coroner's report
If available, also provide the deceased family member's status card when reporting the death.
Step 2: Submitting the document(s) to your INAC regional office or your local band office, or by mailing the package to:
Office of the Indian Registrar
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
10 rue Wellington
Gatineau QC K1A 0H4
Visit What should I do when a family member or friend dies to learn more about the steps INAC will take to help determine who will manage the property and personal possessions of the deceased person and how the process will be handled.
What can you request from the Indian Registrar?
Access to the Indian Registration System is limited to INAC employees responsible for the Indian Register and some band employees acting on behalf of the Indian Registrar in maintaining the register.
The Indian Registration System records the names of all Status Indians. Information in the system is updated regularly to show any changes that occur in a person's lifetime, such as marriages, births, band transfers, divorces, deaths and name changes.
Contact INAC Public Enquiries or your band office for how to request information from the system.