Indian Registry

Indian Registry records the following vital statistics information for Cowichan people:

  • Births
  • Marriages
  • Deaths
  • Divorce
  • Adoption
  • Name Changes

Applying for Registered Indian Status 

For those who wish to register as a Status Indian or find out if they qualify, contact your local regional or district Aborginal Affairs, or review their Frequently Asked Questions page.

Status Card 
For registered Cowichan members, the department will provide a Certificate of Indian Status ('Status Card'), a wallet-sized card verifying the holder is a registered Indian with Aboriginal Affairs. 
Hours of Operation
Mondays 9am - 11:45 am
Mondays 1:15 pm - 4:00 pm
Required Documents
  • Recent photo 2cm wide x 3cm high not a passport photo 
    • (photos with hats/headgear, sunglasses, dark-tinted glasses, or bandanas will not be accepted)
  • Bring two pieces of ID (birth certificate, BCID etc).
  • Bring your "old" status card with you when you renew your card.
Adult status cards are valid for five years from the date of issue; for minors under 18, cards are valid for three years.
Membership with Cowichan Tribes 
Membership with Cowichan Tribes is guided by the Membership Code, and applications are reviewed and recommended by the Membership Committee, and approved by Chief and Council.  Individuals who wish to apply for membership should mail or deliver the following to the Band Office:
  • Membership Application Form; and
  • Proof of registration with Aboriginal Affairs; and
  • Any other necessary documents (for example, custody orders, adoption papers, etc.).
  • Recently have a baby? See process here


Membership Application Forms