Indigenous admissions process documents

The University of Calgary recognizes the following documentation for verifying Indigenous ancestry:

First Nations – Status Indian

  1. Certificate of Indian Status (Status Card), issued by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) (Older Status cards may still be used, but if the “valid to” date has passed, students are encouraged to order a new card.
  2. Letter from a government-registered First Nations community verifying the student is a member of that First Nation

First Nations – Non-Status Indian

  1. Please contact the Native Centre for acceptable documents


  1. Métis card issued by a member Nation of Métis National Council of Canada, including Métis Nation British Columbia, the Métis Nation of Alberta, Métis Nation Saskatchewan, Manitoba Métis Federation, Métis Nation of Ontario and the Northwest Territory Métis Nation.
  2. Letter or membership card from one of the member Nations of the Métis Settlements General Council including Buffalo Lake, East Prairie, Elizabeth Lake, Fishing Lake, Gift Lake, Kikino, Paddle Prairie and Peavine.


  1. Inuit Beneficiary cards issued through Nunavut Trust  
  2. Letter from a government organization such as Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Nunavut Tunngavik, Makivik Corporation or Nunatsiavut in Labrador.  Will accept a status card from Nunatsiavut in Labrador.
  3. Letter of support from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) or Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
  4. Inuit beneficiary card
  5. Letter from a recognized First Nations community similar to that provided for a person who has Status.
  6. Letter from the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) and/or one of its affiliated provincial organizations
  7. A letter of support from a First Nation, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) organization that is a legal entity, who can attest to a student’s indigenous ancestry.

If the above documentation is not available, students are encouraged to contact the Native Centre for support and advice regarding documentation.