In March, Canada and the Federation of Newfoundland Indians (FNI) announced they will give individuals the opportunity to correct and provide additional documentation in support of their application for review by the Enrolment Committee.
This decision is a result of collaborative efforts between Canada and the FNI to give a broad application to the Foster and Howse court decisions and provide applicants a fair opportunity to demonstrate they should be founding members of the First Nation.
These applicants have received a letter detailing steps they must take for their applications to be reviewed for membership.
Applicants previously deemed invalid who received this letter and are responding to the steps outlined, with a deadline to respond, may be impacted by a potential strike by Canada Post. Please see below for more information on this subject:
“Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) and the Federation of Newfoundland Indians recognize that a Canada Post strike will have an impact on the July 12, 2016 deadline for applicants whose applications were previously determined to be invalid in the enrolment process. If necessary, we will adjust the deadline. To learn more call INAC Public Enquiries at 1-800-567-9604.” – This message can be viewed at its original location here