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e-3281 (Indigenous affairs)

Initiated by Vivian Hermansen from Campbell River, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • The Government of Canada's website says the processing time for a Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS) is sixteen weeks for complete applications, when in fact wait times are between six months and two years;
  • It takes ten business days for a Canadian passport when applying in person, and twenty business days by mail;
  • These are both secure federal government documents and should have the same standards for processing time;
  • The Government of Canada has made a statement of commitment to achieving reconciliation with Indigenous peoples of Canada based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation, and partnership as the foundation for transformative change;
  • The current process for obtaining a SCIS does not reflect the spirit of reconciliation; and
  • The current wait times are an example of systemic racism being perpetrated by the Government of Canada.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to:
1. Explore all options including alternative solutions such as the hiring of additional staff dedicated to processing applications for a SCIS; and
2. Take no longer than the equivalent time needed to process a Canadian passport, namely, twenty business days.
Open for signature
March 26, 2021, at 2:45 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
April 25, 2021, at 2:45 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Rachel Blaney
North Island—Powell River
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia
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