Aboriginal Legal Aid in BC

About us
We're Legal Aid BC (the Legal Services Society)

We provide legal aid in BC. Our priority is to serve the interests of people with low incomes. But many of our services are available to all British Columbians.


Who we are

Legal Aid BC is also known as the Legal Services Society (LSS). We are a non-profit organization created by the LSS Act in 1979 to provide legal information, advice, and representation to people with low incomes. Every year we help tens of thousands of British Columbians with:

  • serious family problems,
  • child protection matters,
  • immigration issues, and
  • criminal law issues.

We're funded by the provincial government, with additional support from the Law Foundation of BC and the Notary Foundation of BC. We're accountable to the public and remain independent of government.

For more information, see the Legal Aid BC website.

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What we stand for

Our vision, mission, and values statements guide our work and reflect our commitment to an integrated legal aid model.

Our vision

Our vision is client-focused legal aid that ensures access to justice for all.

Our mission

To provide the legal aid services people need, and to promote better access to justice.

Our values

  • Service: we respect the people who use our services and strive to deliver services that improve their lives.
  • Diversity: we reflect diverse perspectives, beliefs, and cultures in our work.
  • Integrity: we make principled decisions that earn the trust of the people who use our services, our staff, and the public.
  • Accountability: we spend public funds responsibly and our actions and processes are transparent.
  • Leadership: we promote improvements to the justice system that benefit all British Columbians.

Who can help?

Find an advocate

BC211 — Free confidential referrals to help and information —Call 211

BC Association of Friendship Centres — Find a friendship centre in your area

Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation — See their Guide to Indigenous Organizations and Services in British Columbia for organizations that can help

PovNet — Information about poverty issues and links to organizations that can help

Legal information

Aboriginal community legal workers — Give legal information and limited advice services

Legal information outreach workers — Give legal information and provide referrals

Legal help

Legal Aid BC

Community partners — Give legal information and connect people to legal aid

Duty counsel — Give free legal advice

Family duty counsel — Free legal advice — Kwadacha and Tsay Key Dene — Call 1-877-601-6066 (no charge)

Family duty counsel — Free legal advice on family matters — Williams Lake, call 778-395-6200

First Nations Court duty counsel — Give free legal advice about having your matter transferred to First Nations Court and the charges against you — Call 604-601-6074 (Greater Vancouver) or 1-877-601-6066 (no charge outside Greater Vancouver)

Other free legal help

Access Pro Bono Law Clinics — Free legal help

Carole James, MLA, Community Office — Free legal clinic, including family and criminal matters — Call 250-412-7794

First Nations and Métis Outreach Program (The Law Centre) — Free legal help, including family matters — Victoria

Native Courtworkers and Counselling Association of BC — Give culturally appropriate services to Aboriginal people involved in the criminal justice system — Call 604-985-5355 (Greater Vancouver) or 1-877-811-1190 (no charge outside Greater Vancouver)

SHED Legal Advocacy Services — Free legal help — Bella Coola

UBC Indigenous Community Legal Clinic — Free legal help on various legal matters — 604-684-7334 (Greater Vancouver) or 1-888-684-7334 (call no charge)

Upper Skeena Counselling & Legal Assistance Society — Free legal help — Hazelton

Victoria Native Friendship Centre — Free legal clinic, including family and criminal matters — Call 250-412-7794