Status Card Survey

Survey To Assess Discrimination and Status Card Use 

UBCIC wants to know how Indigenous people in BC are being treated when using their status card for identification or tax exemption purposes. Findings from this survey will be shared in a public report, with the goal of raising the profile of this issue and encouraging anti-racist action in the province related to status card use.

All survey responses are anonymous and will be hosted in a secure environment. The survey takes about 8 minutes to complete.

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Who can fill in the survey?

If you have a status card and are resident in BC, you are eligible to fill in the survey.

How long will it take?

The survey takes about 8 minutes to complete.

When does the survey close?

The survey closes on July 11th, 2022

What happens with my information?

The data and information collected by this survey will be held securely by the project team, with ongoing storage at UBCIC. Your identity will remain confidential, meaning that identifying details you may share with us about yourself will never be shared. Data collected through this survey will be reported in an aggregated, anonymous format so there will be no way to link your responses to your identity. Data analysis will be conducted by project team members only, and individual survey responses will not be shared with any non-project personnel.

How can I help spread the word?

Please complete the survey and encourage your relatives to do the same.

Share UBCIC’s survey advertisements and promotions on your Nation’s Facebook page

Email us for social media assets ([email protected]) or grab them from the UBCIC Facebook page

How did this survey come about?

On December 20, 2019, Maxwell Johnson and his niece Tori-Anne, members of the Heiltsuk Nation, were handcuffed and arrested outside of the Bank of Montreal (Burrard St. location) after a BMO staff member called 911, suspecting the pair of presenting fraudulent status cards as identification to open a bank account.

Johnson launched legal action against BMO, filed a complaint against BMO and the Vancouver Police Department with the BC Human Rights Tribunal, and a complaint against the Vancouver Police Department with the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner. Mr. Johnson asked UBCIC for help in this process and this study is one way in which the UBCIC is providing support.

Why a survey?

There is an absence of consolidated research, data, and information related to the experience of racism and discrimination and status card use. UBCIC has commissioned a Study to gather Indigenous Peoples’ experiences. The Study will be released publicly by UBCIC to support greater visibility into this issue.

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