Unstated Paternity on Birth Certificate: Quick Facts on documentation required

  • The Indian Registrar is responsible for determining entitlement to registration for all individuals who are applying for Indian Status.
  • The 1985 amendments to the Indian Act provide that a person's entitlement to registration is determined on the basis of his or her parents' respective entitlements to registration.
  • A person's birth certificate listing his or her parents' is the primary document provided with an application for registration as evidence of parentage.
  • The Office of the Indian Registrar understands there are situations where an applicant's father may not be listed.
  • In order to assist applicants whose birth certificate does not contain their father's name, the Office of the Indian Registrar has outlined alternative documentation that is accepted to support an application for Indian status.
  • In situations where an applicant's father is not listed on the birth certificate, but the applicant asserts that his or her biological father is in fact entitled to be registered as an Indian, the Office of the Indian Registrar may request that such an applicant have his or her birth certificate amended so that both parents' names are listed on it.
  • If amending a birth certificate is not an option, the Registrar may accept other evidence in support of an application for registration as the Registrar sees fit. For example, the applicant might provide statutory declarations signed by the applicant's mother and biological father affirming the identity of the applicant's father.
  • If a statutory declaration cannot be obtained from the biological father (e.g., because the father is uncooperative, unavailable, or deceased), the applicant might provide statutory declarations from the biological father's immediate family members (e.g., the applicant's grandparents, aunts or uncles) affirming their belief of the identity of the applicant's biological father.
  • For more information contact AANDC's Public Enquiries Contact Centre.
    E-mail: Infopubs@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca
    Phone (toll-free): 1-800-567-9604
    TTY (toll-free): 1-866-553-0554