Sociology Index


The term Status Indian refers to First Nations of Canada. Status Indian should not to be confused with South Asians from Indian subcontinent. A Status Indian is a Native person who is registered under the Indian Act as an Indian, and a non-status Indian is one whose ancestors were never registered or who lost status for various reasons. Women and their children lost status as Status Indian, for example, when they married a non-Native man or a Native man who did not have status as Status Indian. Under Bill C-31 (1985) these people have been able to regain their status. Court decision are beginning to make the distinction between status and non-status Indians less significant.

The Indian Act, is a Canadian statute that concerns registered Indians, their bands, and the system of Indian reserves. The Indian Act was enacted in 1876 by the Parliament of Canada under the provisions of Section 91(24) of the Constitution Act, 1867, which provides Canada's federal government exclusive authority to legislate in relation to "Indians and Lands Reserved for Indians".

Non-Status Indian

A Non-Status Indian is a legal term in Canada, referring to any First Nations individual who for whatever reason is not registered with the Federal government, and/or is not registered to a band which signed a Treaty with the Crown.

Indigenous Nationhood Website - []
A website dedicated specifically to Non-Status Indians and their issues.