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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Indigenous Organizations & Services

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

New Relationship

The B.C. government is building relationships with Indigenous people and communities. It is working with First Nations and Indigenous community leaders to focus on closing the socio-economic gaps that separate Indigenous 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 Indigenous people and communities.

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.

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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:

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 Indigenous people and other British Columbians.