Aboriginal people

BC First Nations Justice Council — Indigenous Justice Centres

Indigenous Justice Centres offer culturally appropriate information, advice, support, and representation for Indigenous people.

When dealing with family law issues, your culture and heritage matter. If you're Aboriginal, certain legal issues get specific consideration in family court, including:

  • property,
  • child support,
  • guardianship,
  • parenting arrangements,
  • and contact with a child.

For example, when the court makes parenting orders, it might also take into account your child's:

  • heritage,
  • traditions, and
  • culture.

Are there any different family laws for Aboriginal people?

Find out all the different ways the law might be different if you're Aboriginal.

People and services to help you

There are different services and resources available to help you understand your rights.

Aboriginal Legal Aid in BC

For other information on legal issues other than family law, and how to get legal aid.

Indigenous community legal workers

Legal Aid BC staff in Duncan and Nanaimo who provide legal information and some legal advice

Delegated Aboriginal agencies

A representative from a delegated Aboriginal agency can support you and help you if you're being investigated by the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Native courtworkers — Family/Youth advocates

People who help Aboriginal families go through the family court process.

If you have a legal problem, it's a good idea to get help from a lawyer.

Booklets, stories, and guides

Free resources about the law that you can download and print or order.

Aboriginal Legal Aid in BC

This website provides information on the Aboriginal child protection process for Aboriginal children and families.

Parents' Rights, Kids' Rights

This booklet explains what happens if child welfare has concerns about your child's safety.