The Munsee Delaware Nation administers the Regional Lands Administration Program under the direction of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). Duties include the processing of land transfers, certificates of possession and the coordination of land surveys to prepare parcels of land for housing construction.
Anyone purchasing land and/or a house on-reserve at Munsee Delaware should, for their own protection, check with the lands/research/membership department at the Administration Office to ensure there are no encumbrances/liens against the land/house, such as a liability, mortgage or claim.
The Munsee Delaware Nation Administration Office issues Certificate of Indian Status cards.
Eligibility for membership services provided by the office is that the person is entitled to be registered or is registered as a Band Member of the Munsee Delaware Nation.
It is important to register your child within their first year, as they will only be covered under the mother or father’s number during that first year.
Note: Cards for minors expire every (3) years. Please check your status cards to ensure the card is up to date.
Certificate of Indian Status
Certificates of Indian Status cards (CIS) may be obtained at the Munsee Delaware Nation Administration office. Please call to schedule an appointment.
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) requires original documentation to complete application initiated through the Administration Office. Children 15 years of age and under or dependent adults will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Both parties must present ONE piece of photo identification.
Please remember to bring TWO pieces of photo identification:
- driver’s licence
- Canadian passport
- employee identification card
- Guarantor form
- Indian Status Card
- Provincial health card
- Provincial ID card
- Student ID card
Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS)
More information will be posted regarding how to apply for a SCIS card once INAC has finalized the process. The SCIS is intended to have the following added benefits:
*Regular SCIS - Enables you to obtain services and benefits conferred exclusively to registered Indians (e.g. Health benefits)
*Border- crossing SCIS – Used to obtain services and benefits conferred exclusively to registered Indians AND can be used as a border crossing document for entry into the United States by land and water ports-of-entry.
Preparing for our eventual demise and how our assets should be divided among our loved ones can help your family avoid a lot of pain and emotional turmoil. Wills keep peace in your family. A will is your voice, guiding your family on how you want your belongings to be distributed.
To open an estate in Munsee Delaware, the deceased must have been a member of the Munsee Delaware Nation.
The Munsee Delaware Nation provides assistance to band members wishing to establish a will, or settle an estate. The four necessary will conditions, under Section 45 of the Indian Act are:
- The will must be in your writing or typed (no recordings),
- The will must be signed by you, the person making the will. If you cannot write, the signature may be a mark (X) but witnessed,
- The will must indicate wishes or intention as to the disposition of your property and non-property matters,
- The will must be intended to take effect upon your death.
Family members should report the death of the deceased to our office and submit an application for “appointment of executor”. Our office requires a death certificate with names and addresses of heirs/beneficiaries.
The responsibilities of an administrator/executor of an estate is; to secure physical assets, post notice to creditors, gather all information on assets and debts, satisfy debts starting with funeral account, distribute remaining assets and if there’s land, submit the “Transfer of Land By Personal Representative” form (C-11) to the Lands Office.
Read more about Settling a Family Member`s Estate.