Membership in a First Nation or Indian band of person
Status: This was the departmental standard from April 20, 2009 to June 14, 2015.
Membership in a First Nation or Indian band refers to whether a person reported membership in a First Nation or Indian band. A band is defined as a body of Indians for whose collective use and benefit lands have been set apart or money is held by the Crown, or who have been declared to be a band for the purpose of the Indian Act. Many Indian bands have elected to call themselves a First Nation and have changed their band name to reflect this. With the 1985 amendment to the Indian Act of Canada (Bill C-31), many Indian bands exercised the right to establish their own membership code, whereby it was not always necessary for a band member to be a Registered Indian according to the Indian Act.
Citation note: The definition of band is based on that provided in "Words First - An Evolving Terminology Relating to Aboriginal Peoples in Canada" Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, October, 2002.
Person refers to an individual and is the unit of analysis for most social statistics programmes.
Conformity to relevant internationally recognized standards
There are no relevant internationally recognized standards.
- Classification of membership in a First Nation or Indian band April 20, 2009 to June 14, 2015
Relation to previous version
- Membership in a First Nation or Indian band of person June 15, 2015 to current
This is an update to 'Membership in a First Nation or Indian band of person'. The definition has been reworded but the meaning is unchanged.
- Membership in a First Nation or Indian band of person April 20, 2009 to June 14, 2015
This standard replaces the standard for 'Aboriginal, member of Indian band or First Nation', providing an expanded definition.
- Aboriginal, member of Indian Band or First Nation July 14, 1998 to April 19, 2009