Part I: Researching Your Aboriginal Genealogy at Library and Archives Canada
Membership and Commutation Files
The membership files document all aspects of membership including acceptance, re entry, refusal, transfer, loss of status by marriage and so on. A commutation is a legal action provided for in the Indian Act by which an Indian woman who married a non Indian relinquished her right to annuities or any other regular cash payments by accepting a lump sum payment, ending in this way her financial connections to a band. Most of these records are arranged by the name of the agency; the names of bands are also mentioned in some descriptions.
Inventory descriptions relating to membership and commutation can be obtained from the ARCHIVED - General Inventory database using the keywords "membership" or "commutation" at the series and government records levels, and file information can be obtained from the ARCHIVED - Government of Canada Files database using keywords such as the names of bands or agencies as explained in Part II of this guide.