The Privy Council of Canada approved Orders in Council permitting Canadian Indigenous
persons to become enfranchised starting with the Indian Act of 1876. An enfranchised person lost their status as an Indigenous person when they were enfranchised. An Indigenous woman and her minor unmarried children became enfranchised when
the woman married a non-status man.
We have photographed these enfranchisement Orders in Council from 1878 to 1970 and indexed the names of the persons contained in them. The names include not only the enfranchised
Indigenous persons but also the non-status men who were married to Indigenous women.
The list of persons mentioned in the enfranchisement Orders in Council with surnames from A to M is shown below.
The list of persons with surnames from N to Z is here: Surnames N - Z
The list of Indigenous
bands and agencies shown in the enfranchisment Orders in Council is here: Bands and Agencies
To order a photograph
of the enfranchisement Order in Council containing a name you see in the list on this page or to ask any questions, please contact us at: