Collaborative Process on Indian Registration, Band Membership and First Nation Citizenship: Engagement

Current status: Closed

This engagement began on June 12, 2018 and was scheduled to close March 31, 2019. Due to scheduling challenges, some consultation activities took place in April 2019.


In July 2016, the Government of Canada launched its approach to respond to the Descheneaux decision by the Superior Court of Quebec. The approach includes two parts:

Bill S-3 received royal assent on December 12, 2017.

About the engagement

On June 12, 2018, the Government of Canada officially launched the collaborative process on Indian registration, band membership and First Nation citizenship.

Discussions will focus on:

  • the implementation of the delayed coming-into-force clauses in Bill S-3 relating to the removal of the 1951 cut-off
  • the remaining inequities related to registration and membership under the Indian Act
  • First Nations' exclusive responsibility for determining membership or citizenship (moving beyond the Indian Act)

Full details on the collaborative process, including timelines and consultation materials are available in the consultation plan.


The collaborative process was designed to be as inclusive as possible. As such, we are seeking input from:

Other government departments, as well as the provinces and territories are also being consulted.

How to participate

Community sessions

Community sessions are being organized by First Nations and Indigenous groups across the country. Please contact your First Nation or Indigenous organizations directly if you would like to participate in their consultation activities.

Regional events

Fifteen regional events will be held across the country. Participation in these events is by invitation only. The Minister's Special Representative will invite First Nation communities, tribal councils and regional organizations to send a representative to one of these events.

Online survey

The online survey closed March 31, 2019.

Written submissions

We also invite you to send us submissions on these issues by email at

Expert panels

Through expert panels, Indigenous experts and scholars will provide the MSR with substantive input on the development of options for First Nations to exercise the exclusive responsibility for the determination of the identity of their members or citizens. Participation in these events is by invitation only.

When and where

Regional events
Location Date
Whitehorse, YT November 29-30, 2018
Prince Albert, SK December 13-14, 2018
Yellowknife, "NWT January 8-9, 2019
Toronto, ON January 21-22, 2019
Ottawa, ON January 24-25, 2019
Halifax, NS February 14-15, 2019
Regina, SK February 21-22, 2019
Edmonton, AB February 25-26, 2019
Nanaimo, BC March 7-8, 2019
Vancouver, BC March 11-12, 2019
Prince George, BC March 14-15, 2019
Winnipeg, MB March 18-19, 2019
Quebec City, QC March 21-22, 2019
Thunder Bay, ON March 25-26, 2019
Edmonton, AB April 15, 2019
Expert panels
Location Date
Moncton, NB February 16, 2019
Regina, SK February 23, 2019

What we are hearing

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