The Membership Department maintains and manages a First Nation membership listing for the community and government reporting. Melissa Ethier is the Membership Administrator and is responsible of handling issues relating to First Nation membership for Mattagami FN.
First Nation members of Mattagami FN are invited to contact Melissa Ethier to provide updates on their membership status. In order to maintain an accurate Indian Registry for government reporting, any changes should be put to the notice of the Membership Administrator. Changes to the information could pertain to address change, name change, birth and in the unfortunate event of death. Members should contact the Membership Administrator to submit this information and provide supporting documentation.
The Membership department also keeps First Nation members informed on changes to Indian status and the introduction of new legislation by the government.
In April 2009, a court decision questioned gender equity in the Indian Registration Act.
As noted through the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AADNC) website:
“…In April 2009 the Court of Appeal for British Columbia rule in the case of McIvor v. Canada that the Indian Act discriminates between men and women with respect to registration as an Indian and violates the equality provision in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In ruling, the Court gave Parliament one year to amend the provisions of the Indian Act that were found to be unconstitutional. In order to comply with the Court of Appeal’s decision, the Government of Canada is moving forward with legislative amendments to certain registration provision of the Indian Act…”
For more information on this issue please consult the website: www.ainc-inac.ca
Or call Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (toll free) 1-800-567-9604
First Nation Members are also invited to contact Melissa Ethier, Membership Administrator at the First Nation administration office if they have any questions or concerns about First Nation membership and Indian Status.