Membership Code

Our Membership Code lays out the rules and ways for becoming a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Member based on our laws and traditions. Originally developed in 1987, it was updated in 2000 and 2013.

Under our current Code, status under the Indian Act is a requirement to apply for Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Membership. The federal government has since made changes to status eligibility through Bill S-3 to remove sex-based discrimination in status registration rules.

Members have raised concerns that the current Membership Code leaves out some of our grandchildren and children. Bill S-3 provides an opportunity to engage our Members on what changes they would like to see and update our Code.

The project is led by Ts’ixwts’ixwnítway (Member Services), with close support from the Membership Committee and the Membership Appeals Committee, and guidance from Nexwsxwníw̓ntm ta Úxwumixw (Council).

Do you have questions about this project? Phone 604-982-7610 or email

What is Bill S-3?

Bill S-3 is the most recent amendment to the Indian Act, which came into force in 2017 and 2019. The changes extend status entitlement to descendants of women affected by sex-based discrimination dating back to 1869.

You may be eligible for status if:

Your mother, grandmother, or great-grandmother:

  • Lost status due to marriage before 1985
  • Was born outside of marriage to a Status father and non-Status mother between 1951 and 1985

Your parent, grandparent, or great-grandparent:

  • Lost status because of their mother’s marriage before 1985
  • Had their name removed from the Indian Register because of their non-Status father

If you think you might be eligible for status as a result of Bill S-3, contact Ts’ixwts’ixwnítway (Member Services) for a Status Application at or 604-982-7610.