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Enrollment & Eligibility
To ensure Nisga'a citizens are eligible to benefit from the programs and entitlements of the Nisga'a Final Agreement, Nisga'a Lisims Government keeps careful records of all individuals who meet application criteria. Continually updated and improved, NLG uses this database to forecast and deliver programs and services in the near-term-and to prepare for the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.
Enrolment as Nisga'a Participant
An individual is entitled to become a Nisga'a participant if that individual satisfies the eligibility criteria of the Eligibility Chapter of the Nisga'a Final Agreement. Applicants must be of Nisga'a ancestry (mother born into one of the Nisga'a tribes), or are a descendant of an individual described above, or are an adopted child of an individual described above.
Enrolment as Nisga'a Citizen despite death or divorce of Nisga'a Participant's Spouse
An individual who is Aboriginal, married to someone described as a participant and has been adopted or taken in by one of the four Nisga'a Tribes in accordance with Ayuukhl Nisga'a; that is, the individual has been accepted by a Nisga'a tribe at a settlement or stone moving feast.
Citizenship entitlement of non-Aboriginal persons
An individual is entitled to become a Nisga'a citizen if that individual is not an Aboriginal individual, was a member of an Indian band before May 11, 2000, is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, and is ordinarily resident on Nisga'a Lands. This individual cannot be enrolled under another land claims agreement. This person is or was married to a Nisga'a participant and is adopted or taken in by one of the Nisga'a tribes in accordance with Ayuukhl Nisga'a.
For complete information please consult the enrolment chapter of the Nisga'a Final Agreement.
Applications can be obtained in the offices of the four Nisga'a Village Government and three Nisga'a Urban Societies.
Diane Stewart, Coordinator
Enrolment and Citizenship Department
Telephone: Toll free (BC only) 1 888 311 9457