Benoit First Nation

Membership
in Penwa' Mawi-Amskwesewey L'nue'kati

Application requirements and information:

  1. Non-Status Mikmaq and Status Qalipu members are welcomed are welcomed to apply (but please read our requirements below first).
  2. Please submit our on-line Application Form, or print, scan and email application and non-status Lnu'k/Mi'kmaw must attach a scanned completed pedigree chart.
  3. Please fill in all sections applicable. Please email to benoit1stnation@gmail.com or benoitfirstnation@hotmail.com.
  4. You must meet our criteria requirements. You must show an historic connection to the Lnu'k/Mi'kmaw community.
  5. For existing Status Lnu'k/Mi'kmaw - you need to only submit a copy of their Indian Status card with the application.
  6. You must self identify as a Lnu'k/mi'kmaw person. Those who do not, need not apply.
  7. Non-status Lnu'k/Mi'kmaw will need to attach an ancestry report or pedigree chart showing a solid connection to a Benoit 1st Nation Band Member or to one Lnu'k/Mi'kmaw ancestor. Please contact our Chief, you may only need to connect to a recent ancestor if we already have the info on file.
  8. Non-status Lnu'k/Mi'kmaw will also need to prove your connection to either a current member of our Band or your aboriginal ancestor through baptism or long form birth, (showing parents names) baptism, marriage, colonial and archival documents that you must attach to your application. Long Form (showing parents names) PROVINCIAL birth certificates for yourself (and children if applicable) are required. (Please send copies only - do not send originals.). (Click here for Newfoundland birth certificate Applications) Be sure that the province properly records your mother maiden name - if not have them correct it. (Get any other errors fixed as well)
  9. For non-staus Lnu'k/Mi'kmaw we would appreciate it when providing documentation that you please refraine from using nicknames- we need the actual legal names of individuals. Nicknames can cause confusion.
  10. BFN applications must be approved by our local band Council and upon acceptance successful applicants will be added to our native council Register and receive an acceptance letter. For those ordering band cards, which is a separate fundraiser, they are $10.00 each. Please attach or email photos for the band cards. (membership disclaimer).
  11. An annual membership fee/donation of $20.00 for each member is required and very much appreciated and you email transfer to benoit1stnation@gmail.com or use our Paypal account. The $20.00 annual due is required every October from all adult members. Cheques or money orders are also accepted, payable to Benoit First Nation. All monies received will be used for cultural activities and programing.
  12. Donate by Credit Card
  13. Membership in our band does not include nor promise Indian Act registration for non-Status . We accept you into our Mi'kmaw Community. We are a Lnu'k community made up of Qalipu Mikmaw 1st Nation status and non-status members.If you have any questions or need further clarification, please contact us.
  14. Members are responsible for updating their email, mailing address and telephone numbers with the band, when such changes occur.
  15. You must now submit a separate application for each and every child regardless of age.Each will be assigned their own band number.
  16. We look forward to receiving your application. It can take up to four weeks to process your application if everything is in order and your application will be returned if incomplete. Our mailing address is 811 Oceanview Drive, Cape St. George, NL. A0N 1T1.
  17. Applications receieved are protected and as such the personal information will be kept confidential.

All donations and fees are non-refundable. To file a Grievance or Complaint with our Band Council click here.

Benoit 1st Nation maintains one native council register, (Basic list here).

To see an example of one type of our band cards. Click here.

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