The Estates programs are part of Indigenous Services’ responsibilities under the Indian Act to help families manage the legal and financial affairs (also known as the estates) of the deceased, minor or mentally incompetent Status Indians (as defined by the Indian Act). Every effort is made by the Department to appoint an estate administrator, although some estates are departmentally administered.
On an adhoc basis, resources may be available from NHQ to support projects which raise the First Nations’ awareness of issues regarding estates, such as the importance of having a will. These projects are funded on a proposal basis.
For more information:
South First Nations: Contact Indigenous Services Canada Regional Operations (Regina) at (306) 780-5392
North and Central First Nations: Contact Indigenous Services Canada Regional Operations (Prince Albert) at (306) 953-8522
First Nations may also contact their Funding Services Officer directly for a program referral.