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What is an Indian Registration Administrator?

An Indian Registration Administrator (IRA) is a band employee on reserve who does work related to the administration of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) programs.

IRAs are delegated specific authorities by the Indian Registrar. The roles of IRAs vary from First Nation to First Nation. By working at the First Nation level on behalf of INAC, IRAs are able to maintain the Indian Register and help band members apply for Indian status and status cards.

According to section 5 of the Indian Act, INAC must maintain the Indian Register (a listing of all persons registered as Indians under the Indian Act), as well as departmentally controlled band lists.

A current, up-to-date and accurate Indian Register is needed to deliver INAC programs and services as it identifies who is entitled to participate in certain programs.

IRAs issue certificates of Indian status. As of June 2016, the certificate of Indian status is issued by some 500 Indian Registration Administrators located in band offices across the country.

How to update information in the Indian Register?

Some IRAs have access to the Indian Register and make changes, when requested, to a person's information. Other IRAs are able to access the Indian Register and work with INAC employees to make sure the Indian Register is up to date for their community.

If you are an IRA, please use one of these forms to update an Indian Register entry:

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