Government of B.C.

Aboriginal People

Last Modified: 2016-02-22

The 2011 National Household Survey reports that of the over 232,000 Aboriginal people in B.C., 67% were First Nations, 30% were Métis and just under 1% was Inuk (Inuit). First Nations people live both on- and off-reserves. Métis and Inuit live in urban and rural communities throughout B.C.

Aboriginal people have distinct cultures, world views, languages and traditions that form a part of the richness of B.C’s society today.

Aboriginal Organizations & Services

The Guide to Aboriginal Organizations and Services is a resource listing of Aboriginal community-based services and organizations. 

New Relationship

The B.C. government is building relationships with Aboriginal people and communities. It is working with First Nations and Aboriginal community leaders to focus on closing the socio-economic gaps that separate Aboriginal people from other British Columbians, and building a province where everyone can fully participate in a prosperous economy.

Supporting Communities

The Province works in partnership with First Nations, Métis, non-government organizations and the federal government to provide services and programs to improve social outcomes for Aboriginal people and communities.

Minister's Advisory Council on Aboriginal Women (MACAW)

The Province has committed to work respectfully and in partnership with Aboriginal women, organizations and leadership to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal women and to develop the necessary framework and support systems to address the risks and violence to which many Aboriginal women are currently exposed.

Economic Development

The provincial government is committed to improving Aboriginal people and communities’ participation in the economy. Government must work in partnership with Aboriginal people to identify shared goals, strategic outcomes and progress.

First Citizens Fund

The First Citizens Fund is a perpetual fund created in 1969. It supports cultural, educational and economic development programs for Aboriginal people, communities and businesses in B.C., and it helps fund Aboriginal organizations offering services in these areas.

New Relationship Trust

The New Relationship Trust is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening First Nations in B.C. through capacity building. The Trust invests in First Nations in B.C. by providing support in five key capacity development areas:

Progress Reporting

The New Relationship vision, the Transformative Change Accord (TCA) and the Métis Nation Relationship Accord (MNRA) embody government’s commitment to closing the socio-economic gaps that exist between Aboriginal people and other British Columbians. 

Learn More

Find out more about Aboriginal peoples' history, culture and languages.

First Peoples' Language Map

List of B.C. First Nations

Aboriginal Tourism B.C.

Indian Registration and Status

Indian Registration and Status

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada provides information on how to register for Indian Status.

Indian Registration, Status and Status Cards

Useful Contacts

Call or email if you have more questions.

Telephone: 1-800-880-1022
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