Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development Canada

The Decedent Estates Program provides for the administration of the estates of deceased First Nation individuals who were ordinarily residents on a reserve before their death. The program carries out the following activities:

  • appointing estate administrators/executors;
  • approving/voiding wills;
  • transferring reserve lands;
  • distributing estate assets according to the will or the intestacy provisions of the Indian Act (section 48);
  • determining heirs;
  • performing a quasi-judicial role in weighing evidence and allegations raised relating to the conduct of the administration of an estate, the validity of a will, etc;
  • developing and conducting estate planning and awareness workshops;
  • tracking information relating to the administration of all estates reported to the department.


Please visit www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca or call  1.800.567.9604 / TTY: 1.866.553.0554 for assistance.


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