Welcome to the Indian Registry Program!
The Indian Registry Program at the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council administers the Indian Registry for three Northern Shuswap Bands: Canoe Creek, Soda Creek, and Williams Lake.
The function of the Indian Registry Program is to record any additions, changes and deletions to the Indian Register. These include registering births, deaths, marriages, divorces, name changes, transfers from one Band to another or correcting any existing errors on the Indian Registry.
The Indian Registry office at the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council also issues Certificates of Indian Status (status cards) and has applications for Indian Registry through Bill C-31. NSTC does not have the resources to do family tree researching, as this is a time consuming process. We do however have copies of the Oblate records for Baptisms and Marriages dating back to the 1860’s. Anyone may look through these records for genealogy research.
Registering children on the Indian Register is entirely voluntary. Children are not automatically registered just because their parents are registered. What is required for registration is a copy of the child’s large birth certificate (a wallet sized birth certificate is not acceptable as it does not show paternity which is necessary for registration with Indian Affairs). Along with the birth certificate, the child’s parents must sign a consent form (available at Northern Shuswap Tribal Council) to indicate which parent the child will be registered with (a child cannot be registered with both parents). If one parent is non-native, they must still sign the consent form. If the father is not named on the birth certificate, he cannot sign the consent form, and he cannot have the child registered with him. *Note to moms: Please consider the consequences of not including baby’s father on the birth certificate; this could affect the child’s future ability to pass on status to his/her children. If you wish to add the father to a birth certificate at a later date, this can be done at the provincial government building in Williams Lake at the Government Access Center. Children not registered with the Indian Registry are not covered under the non-insured health benefits which include medical services, dental care, prescription drugs, optometrist visits and vision care. If you have not registered your child, you will have to pay for these services. After all the necessary papers have been received at the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council, it takes approximately one month for the child to be officially registered on the Indian Affairs registry.
Status Card Information
NOTE: All Certificates of Indian Status now include a renewal date
The purpose of issuing Status Cards is to verify that the cardholder is a registered Indian. Status Cards are only useful if the photographs are current. Some registered Indians have been denied services because some service providers have questioned whether their Status Cards are still valid. To remedy this situation, all status cards issued to individuals under the age of 18 will expire three years after being issued, and for those over the age of 18, cards must be renewed every five years.
To obtain a Status Card, One piece of Primary ID or Two pieces of Secondary ID – one with Digitized Photo;
CATEGORY 1 – Primary ID
- Valid Canadian Passport
- New Plastic CIS ussed after April 2002
CATEGORY 2 – Secondary ID:
- Certificate of Birth
- Certificate of Marriage or Divorce
- Provincial Health Card
- Provincial Identification Card
- Drivers License
- Employee ID with Digitized Photo
- Student ID with Digitized Photo
- Firearms License
- Current CIS Card (cannot be expired more that a month)
The above ID cards must be presented when applying for a Status Card. Just knowing your SIN or Driver’s License number is not accepted as ID. Photocopied ID or Certified Copied ID will not be accepted.
For minor card ID, a Birth Certificate, Medical Card, Baptismal or student card may be used. The identification policy is strictly enforced.
For Canoe Creek, Soda Creek, and Williams Lake Band members, there is no charge to obtain a Status Card. However, for individuals from other Bands, there is a $25 fee to handle the cost of the long distance telephone call necessary to verify registry information, the photo and the processing the card. Canim Lake has their own Registry program. NSTC charges Canim Lake members $5 for Status Cards.
There is a new policy for issuing Indian Registry numbers to children. Now, when a new number is generated it is independent of the parent’s number; previously childrens’ numbers were dependent numbers of their parents (02,03 etc). Now the number a child receives is a permanent number and no new number is issued when the child turns 18. For those children currently with a number ending in 02, 03 etc., this is now their permanent number.
For more information please contact:
Marion Chelsea, Community Services Coordinator
Ph: 250.392.7361, Ext. 208