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:
- child support,
- parenting arrangements,
- and contact with a child.
For example, when the court makes parenting orders, it might also take into account your child's:
- traditions, and
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.
For other information on legal issues other than family law, and how to get legal aid.
Aboriginal community legal workers
Legal Aid BC staff in Duncan and Nanaimo who provide legal information and some legal advice
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.
Booklets, stories, and guides
Free resources about the law that you can download and print or order.
This illustrated story is all about Gladue rights and how a Gladue report can help you.
Aboriginal Child Protection Process (flow chart)
This poster with visuals tells you about the Aboriginal child protection process and your rights.
This booklet with pictures explains the child protection process for Aboriginal children and families.
This booklet explains what happens if child welfare has concerns about your child's safety.
This guidebook explains how Aboriginal communities and parents can be involved in child welfare decisions, and the importance of protecting Aboriginal children's connection to their culture.