New Band/Band Amalgamation Policy
Under section 17 of the Indian Act, the Minister can constitute new First Nations from registered Indians and current members of existing First Nations. The Minister can also amalgamate First Nations that request it. The New Band/Band Amalgamation policy sets out the conditions under which Indigenous Services will consider the constitution and amalgamation of First Nations. In most cases, this must be at minimal or no cost to Indigenous Services. The creation of a First Nation that would incur significant costs will be considered solely in the context of lawful obligation or a ministerial commitment.
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.