There are many different groups of Indigenous peoples in B.C., including different Nations and cultures. The term “Aboriginal” is used by the 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 sources, 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.

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