Status Cards In the System:

The secure Status card will be a credible identity document that meets the needs of Status Indians. Service providers will also appreciate the secure Status card’s modern security features that provide better protection from the abuses of fraud and identity theft.

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) plans to begin implementing the SCIS nationally early in 2009. This will likely take up to a year to complete the deployment of equipment and the training of staff as it involves many INAC offices and up to 485 Indian Registry Administrators.

As soon as the SCIS equipment is available regionally and at the First Nation level only the SCIS will be issued.

Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS):

The Certificate of Indian Status (CIS), more commonly referred to as the Status card, is an identity document issued by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) to confirm that he cardholder is registered as a Status Indian under the Indian Act. The Status card is provided to assist registered Indians in accessing a wide range of entitlements, programs and services administered by federal agencies, provincial governments and other private sector program and service providers.

This new SCIS features several security improvements that significantly reduce the risk of unauthorized alterations or duplication. Status Indians will have easier access that these cards are legitimate.

Application Information:

Frog Lake Membership Department will be issuing the new Secure Certificate of Indian Status in Mid-2009 or as soon as the new computer system arrives at the office.

In order to apply for the new card, you will need to present certain identity documents along with your application.

Registered Indians 16 years and older will need:

  1. Your old Status card;
  2. Your original birth certificate (long or short form); AND
  3. A valid passport (or other form of identification*)

If your old Status card is damaged or lost, you will need:

  1. A statutory declaration (confirming status);
  2. Your original birth certificate (long or short form); AND
  3. A valid passport (or TWO other forms of identification*)

If you have never been issued a Status card, you will need:

  1. Your original birth certificate (long or short form); AND
  2. A valid passport (or TWO other forms of identification*)
  3. Children 15 years of age and under will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian with a valid form of photo identification. (Legal guardians will also require documentation of guardianship.) The child will need to present an original birth certificate (long or short form) and one piece of ID.

*Other valid forms of identification include:

  • Driver’s license (provincial or territorial)
  • Student ID (with digitized photograph)
  • Government –issued employee ID card (with digitized photograph)
  • Other federal, provincial/territorial ID card
  • An ID card from one of the 29 INAC recognized self-governing First Nations (with digitized photograph)
  1. Who is eligible for a Status Card and what is it used for?Any individual registered as an Indian under the Indian Act is eligible for a Status card. The Status card is provided to assist registered Indians in accessing a wide range of entitlements, programs and services administered by federal agencies, provincial governments and other private sector program and service providers.
  2. Will I be charged a fee to obtain or renew my Status card? And is the Status card compulsory?No, frog Lake Membership will not be charging you any fees to obtain your new card. Replacement cards will be required to pay a fee of $10.00 (Ten Dollars). Non-membership will be required to pay a fee of $10.00 (Ten Dollars). This card is NOT compulsory, but will help you obtain all the benefits you are entitled to as a registered Indian quickly and efficiently.
  3. Will the SCIS be accepted for Canada-United States border crossing?The certificate of Indian Status is currently accepted as a travel document for visiting the United States by land or water; however after June 1, 2009 older versions of the Status card will no longer be considered valid documents for crossing the Canada-US border.

    On March 7, 2008, the United States proposed to accept the new Secure Certificate of Indian Status as a valid document for visiting the United States via land and water.

    The Government of Canada is working with U.S. officials to ensure that the SCIS will be accepted as a valid document for visiting the United States after the implementation of the United States Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) – June 1, 2009. Other documents, such as a passport, NEXUS card or Enhanced Driver’s License, will continue to be accepted as valid border-crossing documents under the WHTI.

For more information on the Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS) please click here.

APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION OF A CHILD UNDER THE INDIAN ACT please click here.
Meranda Stanley – Membership Clerk – 780-943-3737
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