Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS) Cards
For current notices, updates, more information and FAQs, please access the following links:
Link to INAC’s website:
Link for updated (FAQs) Frequently Asked Questions and Answers on the proposed Secure Certificate of Indian Status:
Further, Bill C-3 on the McIvor decision passed third and final reading yesterday in the House of Commons. The Bill has been passed to the Senate for study. The Senate has until December 16th in their current sitting to recommend that Parliament pass the Bill into law. Otherwise the Senate returns to resume business in February of 2011.
An update is found here:
The current Certificate of Indian Status will be an acceptable document to present when visiting the United States by land or water. The Government of Canada cautions individuals that the period and extent of this flexibility is entirely at the discretion of U.S. officials and reminds travelers that when entering the US via air that valid passport or NEXUS card is required. Please refer to this web page on Border Crossing:
The US Government website:
" Native Americans: Native Americans will be able to continue presenting tribal documents, including the current Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) card, until June 1, 2009, provided they are affixed with a photo. Indian and Northern Affairs Canada plans to issue a new identification card for Canadian Indians, which, if designated by the U.S. government, will be acceptable for entry to the United States following implementation of WHTI on June 1, 2009."
Barb Rabbit of Eabametoong First Nation has been hired as a part-time Membership Clerk for Matawa First Nations. Membership services are available from Monday to Friday.
Matawa Membership Service provides Indian registration, status card renewals and documents such as births, deaths, and marriages. Services are provided to the following Matawa communities: Aroland First Nation, Eabametoong First Nation, Neskantaga First Nation, Nibinamik First Nation and Webequie First Nation.
There is a waiting time process for birth registrations. This process does take a couple of months once a child is registered.
Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) does not cover the medical expenses after a child reaches one year of age. It is the parent’s responsibility to register their child as soon as possible. Hospitals have provided the following website where you can register your child. www.ServiceOntario.ca
In order, to register your child for Indian Registration (status number), which is completely different from a birth registration, Matawa First Nation members are required to submit two documents 1) Statement of Live Birth (long form) and 2) Statement of Parent’s consent form.
If you have further questions please call me at this toll free 1-800-463-2249.