Now indigenous peoples can reclaim their traditional names for citizenship and permanent residence at IRCC


On June 14, 2021, the Government of Canada introduced new instructions to allow Indigenous peoples, residential school survivors, and their families to reclaim their Indigenous name on replacement passports, travel documents, citizenship certificates, and permanent resident cards free of charge until May 30, 2026. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action 17 provides direction, document requirements, and procedures to help clients to reclaim their Indigenous name. In addition, IRCC made the standard name change process simpler for Indigenous clients on various valid IRCC documents.