There are many different groups of indigenous peoples in B.C., including different Nations and cultures. The term "Aboriginal" is used by government and means people who are First Nations (Registered Indians, or Status and non-Status Indians), Métis, and Inuit. If you are an indigenous child or youth, some specific rights and benefits may apply to you depending on your community and your collective rights.
You are eligible to receive the same services as non-Aboriginal British Columbians, but these services may come from different source, such as Band governments, Tribal Councils, Friendship Centres, Métis agencies or other indigenous community organizations where you live.
Services can include youth, health, educational, child and family services, employment services and even different support services like counselling. There are differences in where services come from, who pays for those services, and what rights some specific groups of indigenous people have.
Useful Documents and Links
- UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child illustrated by Aboriginal Artists
- UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Persons poster
- Urban Native Youth Association (Vancouver)
- Support for Aboriginal post secondary students
- BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres
- Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of BC
- Guide to Aboriginal Organizations and Services in British Columbia