Indian status

Find out about registration under the Indian Act and status card applications, the Indian Register and First Nation membership or citizenship.

Use of the term "Indian"

Many Indigenous people in Canada prefer not to describe themselves as "Indians" and view this term as rooted in colonialism and racism. Under the Indian Act, the precise legal meaning of the term "Indian" refers to First Nations persons who are entitled to registration.

Bill C-38

Starting in January 2023, Indigenous Services Canada will be hosting information sessions on Bill C-38.

To find out more, visit Introduction of Bill C-38 An Act to amend the Indian Act (new registration entitlements) and opportunities for information sessions.

Call ahead for in-person services

In-person services for registration and status card services may be affected by COVID-19 safety measures. Contact the closest regional office before visiting or submit your application by mail.

Treaty annuities, estates and trusts

To find out about treaty annuity payments, estate services and trust moneys, visit Treaty annuities, estates and trusts.

Services and information

Are you entitled to Indian status

Find out if you are entitled to registration under the Indian Act and how to apply.

Get, renew or replace a status card

Find out how to apply for, renew or replace a status card and how long it'll take.

About Indian status

Find out more about registration under the Indian Act and the Indian Register.

Introduction of Bill C-38, An Act to amend the Indian Act (new registration entitlements) and opportunities for information sessions

Find out what the Government of Canada is doing to address remaining inequities in registration and band membership under the Indian Act.

Bill S-3: Eliminating known sex-based inequities in registration

Find out what the Government of Canada is doing to ensure equity between the sexes in registration.

Registration under the Indian Act and applying for a status card, what's the difference

Registration under the Indian Act isn't the same as applying for a status card. This infographic helps explain the differences.

Crossing the Canada-U.S. border with a status card

Find out which status cards can be used to cross the Canada-U.S. border if you're registered under the Indian Act.

How to update the Indian Register

Find out how to report an event or amend an entry.

About Indian Registration Administrators

Find out how Indian Registration Administrators help maintain the Indian Register, can help you apply for registration in the Indian Register and a status card.

About First Nation membership or citizenship

Find out about First Nation membership or citizenship and how to transfer to, create, divide or merge a First Nation.

Are you a service provider

Find out what you need to know about status cards and the Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document.

About the Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document

Find out what you need to know about the Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document.

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