Aboriginal Legal Aid in BC

Is this site for you?

This website is for anyone who self-identifies as Aboriginal. This includes:

  • status and non-status Indians,
  • First Nations,
  • Inuit, and
  • Métis.

This website is also for people living on reserve and off reserve.

If the content on a certain page doesn't apply to all of these groups, we will let you know on that page.

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Status and non-status Indians

A status Indian is someone who's registered as an Indian under the Indian Act.

A non-status Indian is someone of First Nations descent who isn't registered as an Indian under the Indian Act.

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First Nations

Includes status and non-status Indians. It can also refer to a band or community.

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Inuit

Aboriginal people in northern Canada, who live in Nunavut, Northwest Territories, northern Québec, and northern Labrador.

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Métis

People of mixed First Nations and European ancestry who identify themselves as Métis, as distinct from First Nations, Inuit, or non-Aboriginal people. The Métis have a unique culture that draws on their diverse ancestral origins.