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MEMBERSHIP AND LANDS
As the Indian Registry Administrator for Kispiox I record births, marriages, divorces, deaths, transfers, name changes, adoptions and registrations for the Indian Registry Program on behalf of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. Entitlement is determined by the Indian Act. I ensure confidential personal information and documents collected for registry purposes are protected under the Privacy Act. Members should keep their registry records current by reporting events such as births, marriages and deaths as soon as possible.
Kispiox has a total membership of 1,650 members as of December 31, 2018 – 585 reside on reserve and 1,065 members reside off reserve. The total population for Kispiox which includes our members, other band members, non-registered and non-native residents is approximately 743 as of December 2018.
It is very important to register newborns because registration is not automatically done. It is the parent(s) responsibility to contact me as soon as possible after the birth of a child to inquire if the child is entitled to registration and the registration process. The child may be denied coverage of Non-Insured Health benefits by Health Canada, if not registered by age ONE. To register your child I require the child’s original large form birth certificate that states the parent(s) names and a Parental Consent form signed by both parents. The original birth certificate must be sent to Indian and Northern Affairs to register your child and will be returned.
Eligibility depends if one or both parent(s) are registered under the Indian Act and under which Section they are registered. If both parents are status then the child is eligible. If the father is status it is very important that his name is on the child’s birth document. If the father is not named or one parent is not a status Indian, then research will be required to determine if the child is eligible. I have included the calculation of entitlement in my package for your information - Registration In The Indian Registry Under The Indian Act.
Status Cards must be renewed every 5 years for adults and every 3 years for minor children – 15 years and younger. Applicants must apply in person. If at all possible status cards should be renewed BEFORE renewal date to avoid being denied benefits or services. Health service providers, airlines, US/Canadian Immigration and banks will not accept expired status cards as a picture I.D. The new enhanced CIS cards are not available until further notice. In the meantime the laminated CIS can be issued at our office - the cost is $5.00 per person. I work Monday to Friday from 8:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. and from 1:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) provides funding under the Reserve Land and Environment Management Program (RLEMP). As your Lands Manager I maintain all records with the most recent legal descriptions of all property. I also process land transfers. In order to transfer land you must have legal ownership of the land and you must be transferring the land to another Kispiox Band member.
The Kispiox Band Council term expires on July 21, 2021 and I will be compiling the Kispiox Band mail out address list of members that are 18 years and older that reside off reserve for our nomination and election.
If you have any family members that are registered Kispiox members who are 18 and older that reside off reserve please give their current mailing address to me at the Kispiox Band Office or have your family member call me at the office.
If you have any questions regarding membership, lands or the upcoming election please call or drop by the office any time. I work from Monday to Friday - 8:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. and from 1:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. There is no appointment necessary but please call before you come in to ensure that I am in the office on that day.
Registration of Children
It is very important to register newborns because registration is not automatically done. It is the parent(s) responsibility to contact me as soon as possible after the birth of a child to inquire if the child is entitled to registration and the registration process.
Certificate of Indian Status
This is to advise that Indian & Northern Affairs Canada has implemented new ID requirements for status card applications. All status card issuing offices must follow this new policy otherwise the issuing officer may lose the authority to issue status cards. This policy must be followed even if the issuing officer personally knows the applicant.
Bill C-3 - Gender Equity in Indian Registration Act
On December 15, 2010 Bill C-3 Gender Equity in Indian Registration Act received Royal Assent and is in effect as of January 31, 2011. Bill C-3 will ensure that eligible grand-children of women who lost status as a result of marrying non-Indian men will become entitled to registration (Indian status). Because of this legislation, approximately 45,000 persons will become newly entitled to registration.
Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS) Information Update February 22, 2013
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