Implementation of Bill S-3: Engaging on changes to registration
Find out what the Government of Canada is doing to connect with persons who are affected by Bill S-3's successful removal of known sex-based inequities in registration under the Indian Act.
Eliminating known sex-based inequities in the Indian Act
On August 15, 2019, Bill S-3 An Act to amend the Indian Act in response to the Superior Court of Quebec decision in Descheneaux c. Canada (Procureur général), came fully into force and removed known sex-based inequities in registration under the Indian Act.
To find out more about Bill S-3, visit Bill S-3: Eliminating known sex-based inequities in registration.
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Ongoing engagement on Bill S-3
Generations of people may now be entitled to registration as a result of Bill S‑3.
The Government of Canada is committed to engaging with First Nations and other partners on Bill S-3 and the removal of sex-based inequities in the registration provisions of the Indian Act.
Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is partnering with a variety of organizations in regions across the country to increase awareness on the legislative changes to registration and encourage persons who are newly entitled to registration to submit an application for registration under the Indian Act. This engagement is being done to support broad understanding around the effects of Bill S-3.
ISC continues to engage with:
- the Native Women's Association of Canada
- the Assembly of First Nations
- organizations across the country through partnerships with trusted sources
- Indian Registration Administrators and community representatives
- First Nations leadership and representatives
- persons who contact ISC with questions about Bill S‑3
To attend a Bill S‑3 information session, email email@example.com.
Information for persons who may be newly entitled to registration
These videos outline:
- changes Bill S‑3 brought about in the registration provisions
- how persons may now be entitled to registration and how to apply
How S-3 changed the Indian Act
Scenario 1: Eligibility for Indian status under S-3
Scenario 2: Eligibility for Indian status under S-3
How to apply for Indian status
How Bill S-3 has changed the Indian Act
(PDF version, 110 KB)
Monitoring Bill S-3's effects across Canada
In 2019, independent demographic studies estimated that 270,000 to 450,000 persons would be newly entitled to registration as a result of Bill S‑3.
As more of those persons are registered, First Nations communities as well as programs and services may experience long-term effects. ISC continues to work with First Nations, provinces and territories, and other partners to identify, evaluate and assess those effects.
If you would like to notify ISC about the effects of Bill S‑3 on your community, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Final report to Parliament: Review of S-3, December 2020
- Second report to Parliament: Collaborative process on Indian registration, band membership and First Nation citizenship, June 2019
- Consultation plan: Collaborative process on Indian registration, band membership and First Nation citizenship
- Descheneaux c. Canada (Procureur général)
- The Government of Canada's response to the Descheneaux decision
- Discussion paper: Changes to the Indian Act affecting Indian registration and band membership, McIvor v. Canada
- Estimates of demographic implications from Indian registration amendment, McIvor v. Canada, March 2010
- Explanatory paper: Proposed amendments to the Indian Act affecting Indian registration, McIvor v. Canada, March 2010
- Report to Parliament: Gender Equity in Indian Registration Act
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