Indian Registry and Band Membership

Indian Registry and Band Membership maintains vital statistics records and the Cowichan Tribes Band Membership list.  Cowichan Tribes took over these responsibilities from Indian Affairs and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) in 1986.
The Indian Registry is managed on behalf of Aboriginal Affairs.  Aboriginal Affairs provides core funding and the balance is provided by the Band’s own-source revenue.  Band Membership is funded entirely by the Band's own-source revenue.
The department is managed by a certified Indian Registry Administrator.

Explore this section: 


Secured Certificate of Indian Status (New Status Card)



Recently Have a Baby? 

Cowichan Indian Band Membership Rules & Application

Machine-Readable Zone SCIS Cards

As of February 1, 2019, SCIS Cards are being printed with Machine-Readable Zone to support in facilitating border crossings.

For information check this out - government website

Cowichan Tribes Membership Department continues to advise all status card holders to apply for the SCIS.  If you require assistance please come on in and we can assist with the applications and sign as a guarantor.

SCIS applications for adults and children are posted on the Cowichan Tribes website.



5760 Allenby Road
Duncan, BC   V9L 5J1

Ph:  250.748.3196
Fx:  250.748.1233

Email: membership(at)

Cowichan Tribes Population
Total Population 5,012
Males 2,488
Females 2,524
On Cowichan Reserve 2,512
On Other Reserve 0,330
Off Reserve 2,170
*updated March 14, 2018

update info