Indigenous Enfranchisement Orders in Council

Orders in Council Enfranchising Canadian Indigenous Persons

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 1969 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 Surnames starting from A to M is here:  Surnames A - M

The list of Surnames starting from N to Z is here:  Surnames N - Z

The list of the Bands and Agencies that these persons belonged to before they were enfranchised is here:  Bands and Agencies

To order a photograph of the enfranchisement Order in Council containing a name you see in these lists or to ask any questions, please contact us at: 

orderincouncillists@outlook.com  

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Alex Laronde | Reply 11.11.2021 00:56

Can you please send me all the info you have on Joseph Obtagesic that is my great grandfather

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Hi Gabrielle! Submit an Access to Information request to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada asking for your family's immigration records.

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25.07 | 17:56

my family and I arrived to Canada as Hungarian immigrants but not on this list....
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Searching John, William and Kathrine woloschuk. I found a naturization from 1937 for a John and William, but no immigration. Ukrainian i believe left Poland

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If you and your parents were British subjects, your names will not be on these lists. Try an Access to Information request to IRC Canada.

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