Call to Action # 17

We call upon all levels of government to enable residential school Survivors and their families to reclaim names changed by the residential school system by waiving administrative costs for a period of five years for the name-change process and the revision of official identity documents, such as birth certificates, passports, driver’s licenses, health cards, status cards, and social insurance numbers.

Why “Stalled”?

The federal government announced on June 14, 2021 that Indigenous people can apply to reclaim their traditional names on their passports and other government issued ID.

As of Sept.15, 2019 only the NWT and the provinces of Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia have agreed to allow residential school survivors and their families to reclaim their names.

Current Status

July 5, 2022


Previous Status

May 14, 2022


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