Over time, there have been significant changes to federal policies about status. Even if you or your adoptive parents were advised that you were not eligible for Registered Indian status or you were never told if you were eligible, you may now be eligible. You may need to re-apply for status.
An official inquiry must be made to find out if you are currently eligible.
How to apply
Registered Indian Status
Send a written request to Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development Canada requesting an examination of your records to determine eligibility. You must include a photocopy of your Adoption Order, which is one of the documents you received from the Post Adoption Registry with your adoption records.
If you do not have a copy of the Adoption Order, you can send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org with a photocopy of 2 pieces of identification, one of which is photo identification. If you are not sure whether your ID meets requirements, please contact our office.
Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Métis Citizenship (Status)
To find out if you are eligible for Métis Citizenship with the Metis Nation of Alberta you will need to complete the application on the Métis Nation of Alberta website.