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'Indian Status' and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC)

An individual recognized by the federal government as being registered under the Indian Act is referred to as a Registered Indian (commonly referred to as a Status Indian). Status Indians are entitled to a wide range of programs and services offered by federal agencies and provincial governments. Over the years, there have been many rules for deciding who is eligible for registration as an Indian under the Indian Act. Important changes were made to the Act in June 1985, when Parliament passed Bill C-31, An Act to Amend the Indian Act, to bring it in line with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and again in 2011 with the coming into force of Bill C-3: Gender Equity in Indian Registration Act.

Knowing which programs and policies apply to you may be difficult. Legislation varies across the ten provinces and three territories and so do the services available to Canadians in general and to Aboriginal people in particular. What you are eligible for depends largely on where you live.

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Forms - Benefits and Rights

This section provides access to forms related to programs and services offered by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) that are related to benefits and rights for Aboriginal people.

You can also see a list of all forms for INAC programs and services.

You can also call the INAC Contact Centre to request forms by mail or email.

Indian Registration

Indian Registration (for Bill C-3 Applicants only)

Applicants need to complete and submit the following two forms (Form No. Inter 83-114E and Form No. Inter 83-120E):

  • Indian Act Amendments - Gender Equity in Indian Registration Act Application for Registration and Secure Certificate of Indian Status
    Form No. Inter 83-114E
    , Version 2011-01-31
    HTML | Fill & Print   (111 Kb) | Print Only   (331 Kb)

    • Instructions No. Inter 83-114E, Version 2011-01-31
      HTML | Print Only   (421 Kb)
  • Photograph requirements
  • Registration and Secure Certificate of Indian Status (in-Canada SCIS) Guarantor Declaration
    Form No. Inter 83-120E, Version 2011-01-31
    HTML | Fill & Print   (81 Kb) | Print Only   (61 Kb)

If an eligible Guarantor cannot be obtained (Form No. Inter 83-120E), applicants must complete and submit the following form (Form No. Inter 83-119E):

  • Registration and Secure Certificate of Indian Status (in-Canada SCIS) Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor
    Form No. Inter 83-119E, Version 2011-01-31
    HTML | Print Only   (173 Kb)

Indian Registration (for Members of Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Band)

Secure Certificate of Indian Status Application forms (Status Card: for Members of Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Band only)

These forms are intended for members of the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Band only. All other registered First Nations individuals who wish to apply for a SCIScan find more information on our Secure Certificate of Indian Status webpage.

  • Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS) - Guarantor Declaration
    Form No. Inter 83-111E, Version Date 2016-06-07
    HTML |  Print Only   (206 Kb)
  • Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS) - Adult Application - For Applications Sixteen (16) Years of Age or Older
    Form No. Inter 83-130E, Version 2016-06-07
    HTML | Print Only   (343 Kb)
  • Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS) - Parent or Legal Guardian Application - For Applications Fifteen (15) Years of Age or Younger or a Dependent Adult
    Form No. Inter 83-131E, Version 2016-06-07
    HTML | Print Only   (372 Kb)

Secure Certificate of Indian Status Application forms

These forms are intended for all Registered Indians who require a Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS). Please read over and complete the form carefully, because failure to complete all the sections of the form and submit all necessary documentation will result in your application being refused and returned to you. A complete application package allows for improved service through more efficient and timely processing of applications.

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