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