Indigenous Peoples Can Now Reclaim Their Traditional Names on Immigration Identity Documents

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Settlement & Community News, Updates

A person’s name is an integral part of their heritage and culture.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has launched a process for Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples), residential school survivors and their families to reclaim their Indigenous names on the following immigration identity documents free of charge until May 30, 2026:

  • replacement passports,
  • travel documents,
  • citizenship certificates
  • permanent resident cards

This change honours the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action 17 (CTA 17).

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission documented the history and lasting impacts of the Canadian residential school system on Indigenous peoples and their families.

The Commission’s final report was published in December 2015. The report includes its findings and 94 Calls to Action, which call on governments, educational and religious institutions, civil society groups and all Canadians to address the legacy of residential schools and advance reconciliation in Canada.

Word of the Day:

Reclaim: to recover or take back something previously lost

Information in this post is taken from IRCC’s news release on June 14, 2021: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2021/06/minister-mendicino-minister-bennett-and-minister-miller-announce-that-indigenous-peoples-can-now-reclaim-their-traditional-names-on-immigration-ide.html