Membership and Registration
The Registry Administration Program is responsible for maintaining FWFN membership records and also acts as a liaison to the Indian Registrar of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development (AANDC).
As we look forward into the future, FWFN is looking at revising its membership code. It is currently being worked on by the Governance Committee.
Certificate of Indian Status Card Information (Laminated Card)
If you are an adult (over 16 years old) and need a laminated status card (Certificate of Indian Status) you must bring with you 2 pieces of VALID ID.
- For children under the age of 12 à 1 piece of ID is needed along with a piece of Parent/Guardian ID
- For children aged 12 à 16 they can either have 2 pieces of valid ID or 1 of their own and 1 of the parent/guardian
Valid ID includes:
- Birth Certificate
- Health Card
- Provincial Identification Card
- Driver’s Licence
- Employee I.D. with digitized photo
- Student I.D with digitized photo
- Firearms licence
- Old (laminated) Status Card
Secure Certificate of Indian Status Information
If you currently have been issued the Secure Certificate of Indian Status or have applied for the Secure card you must continue forward with this card and we will not issue a Laminated Status Card.
Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS) Application Information
The SCIS can be applied for at the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada office located at 100 Anemki Place, Suite 101, Fort William First Nation. They are also accepting applications by mail. If you have any secure card questions you can call this local regional office at 807-623-3534.
Gender Equity in Indian Registration Act à Bill C-3
AANDC has developed an improved service for Bill C-3 applicants, whereby eligible applicants can expect to receive registration as an Indian under the Indian Act AND an in-Canada Secure Certificate of Indian Status (status card) in one step. This has resulted in the development of a new registration form and a process whereby applications will only be accepted by mail.
Registration Process for Bill C-3 Applicants
Generally speaking, the key criteria to be newly entitled to registration are:
- Did your grandmother lose her Indian status as a result of marrying a non-Indian?
- Is one of your parents registered, or entitled to be registered, under sub-section 6(2) of the Indian Act?
- Were you, or one of your siblings, born on or after September 4, 1951?
General enquires on Gender Equity in Indian Registration Act should be directed to:
INAC Public Enquiries Contact Centre
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (toll-free) 1-800-567-9604
TTY: (toll-free) 1-866-553-0554
Status cards will be made Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment only.
To book an appointment call Christina Thiessen-Indian Registry Administrator at 623-9543 ex. 238