Indian status

Find out more about Indian status and status card applications, the Indian Register, band membership, estates, band moneys and treaty annuity payments.

Status card validity during COVID-19 pandemic

Operations update

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, all in-person services for Indian status and secure status card applications at Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) offices are unavailable until further notice.

To find out how to apply for COVID-19-related benefits, visit Coronavirus and Indigenous communities.

Registered persons who have been evacuated and don't have a status card

Contact Public enquiries to obtain proof of registration. You will be asked a series of questions to validate your identity and, once confirmed, proof of registration will be sent to you.

Services and information

Are you eligible for Indian status

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

Are you applying for a status card

Find out how to apply for a status card and about processing time.

What is Indian status

Find out more about Indian status and the Indian Register.

Treaty annuity payments

Find out about treaty annuity payments to Status Indians who are members of a Treaty First Nation.

Indian moneys

Find out how First Nations can manage their band moneys and about ISC’s responsibility to manage Indian moneys held in trust for First Nations.

Are you crossing the Canada-U.S. border as a Status Indian

Find out about crossing the Canada-U.S. border as a Status Indian and which status cards can be used.

Estate services for First Nations

Find out what services are available to help manage the affairs of a minor or dependent adult, or of a deceased person, who is a First Nation member and usually lives on reserve.

How to update the Indian Register

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

Are you an Indian Registration Administrator

Find out how to maintain the Indian Register.

About band membership and how to transfer to or create a band

Find out about band membership and how to transfer to, create, divide or merge a band.

Are you a service provider

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

Matrimonial real property on reserve

Find out what rights and protections are available after the end of a marriage, common-law relationship or death of a spouse or common-law partner.

About the Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document

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

Collaborative Process on Indian Registration, Band Membership and First Nation Citizenship: Engagement

Find out how the Government of Canada is consulting on Indian registration, band membership and First Nations citizenship.

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