April 8, 2013 § 2 Comments
April 6, 2013, The greatest obstacle for USA Placed Victims-Survivors of The Canadian Scoops trying to obtain their North American Indian Status Cards is satisfying documentation requirements.
USA Placed Victims-Survivors of The Canadian Scoops, in order to obtain their own blood quantum letters that are necessary to obtain their own North American Indian Status Cards, need to prove that they are more than 50% North American Indian Blood Quantum. They also need to provide documentation showing that the name that they are requesting their own blood quantum letter and status card in is their legal name.
In order to prove that they are more than 50% North American Indian Blood Quantum, they need letters describing the blood quantum of their biological parents. These letters must be certified-issued by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) and/or the applicant’s Canadian Indian Band.
Though Blood Quantum Letters of the biological family can be obtained through a series of phone calls and, postal and e-mail correspondence, INAC requires the applicant for North American Indian Status Card appear in person in Canada.
Processing of North American Indian Status Card applications takes a minimum of (3) days and sometimes a few weeks.
Currently, no USA Federal Government agency is available to provide individuals assistance in obtaining the necessary documentation. In order to apply for US Green Card, individual will need the same blood quantum letters used to achieve the North American Indian Status Card, i.e., Link to: USCIS Guidance On Green Cards for North American Indian Status Card Holders (50%+ Blood Quantum).
If TRC-Canada were to expand its mandate to include USA Placed Victims-Survivors of The Canadian Scoops, the resulting recognition of this population of genocide victims-survivors would encourage both USA and Canadian Governments to allocate budget that would fund programs that would provide these victims-survivors with assistance they need in order to safely come forward and legally establish their complete identification and immigration status.