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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Who can submit a protest?

When a person applies for Indian status, the Indian Registrar:

Under section 14.2 of the Indian Act, a protest can be made when the Indian Registrar:

If the Registrar's decision relates to the Indian Register, only the person directly impacted or their authorized representative can make the protest.

An authorized representative may include:

If the Indian Registrar's decision relates to a band list maintained at INAC under section 11 of the Indian Act, the protest can be made by:

How to submit a protest?

Once the Indian Registrar has made a decision on an application for Indian status, the person directly impacted or their authorized representative may submit a protest.

The protest must:

Any information provided to the Indian Registrar to protest a decision is received in confidence and exempt from disclosure under the provisions of the Privacy Act.

Where to submit a protest?

A protest must be made by writing to the Indian Registrar:

Protest Unit
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
10, rue Wellington
Gatineau, QC  K1A 0H4

If you have any questions, contact INAC Public Enquiries.

What will the Registrar do with the protest?

If the Registrar determines that the protest is valid, the Registrar's office will notify the person directly impacted or their authorized representative or the band council, depending on the nature of the protest, that an investigation will take place and that a decision will be made based on the results of that investigation.

When the Registrar makes the decision on the protest, the Registrar's office will advise in writing.

The Registrar's decisions on protests are final and conclusive, but, if you disagree with a final decision on a protest, you may appeal the decision to a court under section 14.3 of the Indian Act within six months after the Registrar has rendered the decision.

According to the Indian Act, the court may:

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