Haisla Nation Council’s Indian Registry Administrator is Elaine Maitland. She can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or at our office number, 250-639-9361 extension 101.
Here are some helpful tips for registration, transfers, and other scenarios affecting status.
GETTING A STATUS CARD
First off, MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.
Appointments are available Wednesdays to Fridays.
You need 2 valid pieces of ID;. One needs to be a valid picture ID. Your old or current status card can be used as picture ID – as long it has not been expired for more than six months.
The BC Carecard has been phased out and is no longer valid ID as of 2018/03/01. SIN CardS and Fishing License are not valid IDs.
I DO NOT have copies of any birth certificates, carecards or other IDs unless you have brought them to my office.
For children 12 years and under, I need the child’s birth certificate and 2 valid pieces of ID for the parent.
For 13- to 17- year-olds who have had a status card, you can now sign on your own behalf. But you need your own ID.
If you are 18 years and older, you need to contact me directly. I cannot give your information to anyone but you. And I can only give information to the parent of a child under 18 years of age;. If you are the guardian of a child, I need to see legal documents.
Your status card does not expire; you will always have your band number.
It is the sole responsibility of parents to register children; registering your child is not mandatory.
Registrations can take up to a year to process and it is up to you to have your child registered as soon as possible.
For birth registrations, I need the ORIGINAL birth certificate. The birth certificate DOES need to get sent away.
I need the original signatures from the parent(s) on the forms. If both parents are on the birth certificate, then both need to sign the registration forms.
Mothers – Please consider always including the child`s fathers name on the birth certificate – especially if the father is registered. This can benefit your child and future grandchildren.)
Signed copies of the parent(s) IDs are now needed.
We are registered in categories. For example, if both of your parents are on a band list, then you are listed as a 6(1). If only one of your parents is on a band list and/or your birth certificate, then you are in a 6(2) category, which means you may not be able to pass your status onto your child or future grandchildren.
Non registered/entitled spouses are not eligible for status.
To transfer to Haisla (676), you to need to have at least one parent who is a registered Haisla.
Decisions to accept or deny are with Haisla Nation Council; they review, assess requirements, and make THEIR decision.
If HNC does approve your band transfer application, all required paperwork will be sent to Indigenous Services Canada (ISC, formerly INAC). It takes a minimum of 6 to 8 months to process any application; sometimes it take longer, even more than a year.
Once the paperwork has been sent, it is out of my hands. ISC has their own schedules and guidelines that they follow.
To put it into perspective, the Indian Registry Specialist that handles our paperwork, also handles the paperwork of more than 56 other BC First Nations.
If you wish to report your marriage and/or change your family name you must bring in your marriage certificate. Aboriginal Affairs cannot change anything on the registry list without proper documents.
If your marriage has ended and you wish to revert back to your maiden name, you must submit your Certificate of Divorce , along with a form stating you wish to revert back to your maiden name.
If a Haisla band member passes on, a family member can contact me to request a Bereavement Assistance cheque.
Changes to the registry list can not be made without proper documents, so please bring me a copy of the death certificate.
If you have married and your spouse wishes to transfer from their band to the Haisla Nation, you first need to report your marriage to Indigenous Services Canada. You need to bring your marriage certificate to me to do the required paperwork. Once your marriage has been reported, you can then request transfer papers from me.
I may need to ask you personal questions as part of these processes.
You may think someone else has the same situation as you, so wonder why there’s an issue with your application, or it’s taking a long time.
ISC goes by dates,and parental situations If you are the child of one Haisla member and a non-registered/entitled, and you have a child with a non-registered/entitled you may not be able to pass on your status.