Descheneaux Engagement Session

Vancouver, October 12, 2016

You are invited to participate in a day of Descheneaux Engagement, which will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 in Vancouver, BC.  The event will be at the Vancouver Pinnacle Harbourfront from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


The Descheneaux Engagement will be a forum to share information and discuss proposed amendments to registration under the Indian Act.  The amendments are in response to the August 3, 2015 decision of the Superior Court of Quebec in the matter of Descheneaux v. Canada.


The event is hosted by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and is open to First Nations, Tribal Councils, Aboriginal organizations, community members, and the public.  The following topics will be covered:

  • Historical overview and background on Indian registration and Band membership

  • Overview of the Descheneaux decision and federal response through a two-staged approach

  • Proposed legislative amendments to eliminate known sex-based discrimination in Indian registration

  • Implications of proposed legislative amendments

  • Overview of the Exploratory Process on Indian Registration, Band Membership, and Citizen and highlights of findings/themes

  • Overview of the proposed collaborative process on the broader issues relating to Indian registration, Band membership, and citizenship


One representative from each First Nation and Tribal Council will be eligible for travel reimbursement.  Please be advised that participants must make their own travel arrangements.

Location: The Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront
                   Room: Ballroom 2&3
                   1133 West Hastings Street
                   Vancouver, BC

Accommodation Booking Information will be sent in your registration confirmation along with the expense reimbursement form

Naut'sa mawt Tribal Council


Delta Office:

330-6165 Highway 17A

Delta, BC V4K 5B8



Vancouver Island Office:

8017 Chemainus Rd

Chemainus, BC VOR 1K5

Naut'sa mawt Tribal Council


Delta: 604-943-6712

Vancouver Island: 250-324-1800

Toll free: 888-382-7711