Aboriginal 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.

Aboriginal community legal workers

Legal Services Society (Legal Aid) 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.

A Second Chance

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.

Keeping Aboriginal Kids Safe

This booklet with pictures explains the 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.

Wrapping Our Ways Around Them

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.