Aboriginal Relations Behavioural Competencies

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The Aboriginal relations behavioural competencies help the BC Public Service improve our individual and collective abilities to work effectively with the Aboriginal people of B.C. The phrase "Aboriginal people" refers to all First Nation, Inuit and Métis people. It includes individuals, communities, bands, nations, organizations and urban populations, while acknowledging their distinctness and diversity.

The Province of British Columbia and Aboriginal leaders are now working in a government-to-government relationship. Because of this unique relationship, four of the 17 Aboriginal relations behavioural competencies apply to all BC Public Service employees, no matter where you work.

All employees should consider adding these to their MyPerformance profile work and development goals:

If you work directly with Aboriginal customers and partners, how you work is just as important as what you do. Use the competencies as a road map for evaluating your behaviour and making the changes necessary to better serve Aboriginal people. If you work in a supportive or supervisory role or are involved in shaping and interpreting policy, the competencies will help you focus on what is crucial for the success of staff working at the front counter, in the community, or who manage programs that are forging relationships with Aboriginal people. If you provide strategic leadership, the competencies will give you a more comprehensive understanding of what it takes to support the self-determination of Aboriginal people.

Read the Implementation Guide (PDF, 4.4MB) and fact sheet to learn why and how the competencies were developed and how to use them. See the menu to the left to explore each competency in detail.

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