Living Into Right Relations (LIRR)

The goal of LIRR is to facilitate educational opportunities for the congregation in relation to Indigenous history and reconciliation.


“Status Indian” is defined as “an individual recognized by the federal government as registered under the Indian Act”. A status Indian can be referred to as a “registered Indian” but “status Indian” is the more common term.

“Non-status Indian” is a legal term referring to any individual who, for whatever reason is not registered with the federal government, or is not registered to a band which signed a treaty with the Crown.

All registered Indians have their names on the Indian roll administered by Indian Affairs. This department administers programs and services that apply only to “status” Indians.

Bill C-31, Section 6, (1985) defines how a person is entitled to be registered. The federal government has the sole authority, through the Indian Registrar, to determine who is entitled to be registered.

Although registration is divided into two primary categories, commonly known as sections 6 (1) and 6 (2). Both categories provide full status. There is no half status. The categories determine whether the children of a status Indian will have status or not.

6 (1) + 6 (1) = 6 (1)
6 (1) + 6 (2) = 6 (1)

A 6(1) Indian who marries a 6(1) or a 6(2) Indian will have 6(1) children.
Every one in this equation is a full-status Indian.

6 (2) + 6 (2) = 6 (1)
If two 6 (2) Indians marry, their children will have 6 (1) status.

6 (1) + no status = 6 (2)
6 (2) + no status = no status

A 6(1) Indian who marries anyone without status (whether that person is Aboriginal or not) will have children who have 6(2) status. A 6(2) Indian who marries anyone without status (whether that person is Aboriginal or not ) will have children with no legal Indian status.
Two generations of out-marriage is all it takes to completely lose status.