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.
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 June 20, 2023 the NWT joined the provinces of Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia and agreed to allow residential school survivors and their families to reclaim their names. BC and Manitoba currently have bills in process.
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Reclaiming Indigenous Names
Beginning July 9, name change fees will be waived for residential school survivors and their families who want to reclaim names that were changed by……
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