Indigenous People

The 2011 National Household Survey reports that of the over 232,000 Indigenous 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.

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

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BC Residential School Response Fund

B.C. is committed to supporting First Nations-led strategies to identify, investigate, protect and commemorate the sites of former residential schools and hospitals in B.C. and providing the mental health, wellness and cultural supports required to do this in a safe, supportive and culturally appropriate way. 

COVID-19 information for First Nations and Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous communities, particularly in remote areas, face unique circumstances and have specific needs in managing through the pandemic. Supporting Indigenous communities to respond to COVID-19 is a key priority.

BC First Nations Gaming Revenue Sharing Limited Partnership

A 25-year revenue-sharing commitment between the provincial government and First Nations in B.C. was reached in 2018 to support self-government and self-determination, strong healthy communities, and services that make life better for families.

Guide to Indigenous Organizations & Services

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

Minister's Advisory Council on Indigenous Women (MACIW)

The Minister's Advisory Council on Indigenous Women (MACIW) was established in 2011 following the Collaboration to End Violence: National Aboriginal Women’s Forum, which was co-hosted by the Province of B.C. and the Native Women’s Association of Canada.

Economic Development

The provincial government is committed to improving the participation of Indigenous people and communities’ in the economy. Government must work in partnership with Indigenous 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 Indigenous people, communities and businesses in B.C., and it helps fund Indigenous 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: