ARE YOU INDIAN ?
The Canadian Off-Reserve Indian Nations, Inc. is a non-profit federally registered corporation with letters patent dedicated to the access of inherent aboriginal and treaty rights of all the off-reserve Indians residing in Canada, and as such, issues membership cards to it's members based on the following minimum requirement :
1.....Proof of Indian Ancestry.
( Must supply genealogical documentation to verify aboriginal ancestry ; birth, dead & baptism records, census reports, genealogical reports in books by professional genealogists, etc.. )
2.....Identify as being an Indian.
( One must identity oneself to be Indian in words and deeds .)
3.....Is registered or accepted by an Indian community .
( One must be accepted as an Indian by an Indian community such as a reserve, band, organization or institution )
4....Agrees to follow the mandate of the corporation.
( This means be willing to make a contribution to
the struggle for inherent rights of all members )
To be an Indian is no small thing ! It requires the realization that our ancestors walked this land for over 10,000-years without anything but the barest necessities which nature provided.
Our ancestors were the greatest race to ever walk this land, they built mighty armies, great communities, a complex language and a lifestyle based on a spirituality of one with nature.
To be an Indian is not to be taken lightly . It means that we are the only ones who can rightfully call this land our home. We are also the ones whose land is under hostile occupation by a foreign power bent on eliminating us as a people.
That is our legacy ! The future of the Indian nations is in our hands, and we must be the masters of our own destiny as were our ancestors !
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