Indigenous Peoples

Government of Canada programs and services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Learn more about Indigenous Peoples and communities.

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Benefits and rights

Rights and benefits guaranteed to Indigenous Peoples in Canada.


Programs that support First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals and communities. Check under other topics on this page as well for individual programs.

Education, training and jobs

Education, including scholarships and bursaries, training programs and job opportunities for Indigenous Peoples.

Indian status

Find out about registration under the Indian Act and status card applications, the Indian Register and First Nation membership or citizenship.

About Indigenous peoples and communities

Learn about First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and communities, and their arts, cultures and histories.


Programs and subsidies that support the building and management of housing for Indigenous Peoples.

Health services and social programs

Physical and mental health services, child and family services, dental services, non-insured health benefits, family violence prevention and more.

Treaties, claims and agreements

Treaties and land claims across Canada, including ongoing negotiations, self-government and other agreements, as well as the duty to consult.

Business and economic development

Programs and services to increase business skills, start or expand a business or develop land on a reserve.

Indigenous justice and policing

Alternative community-based justice and policing programs, and moving forward on the national action plan to end violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people.


How the Government of Canada is working to advance reconciliation and renew the relationship with Indigenous Peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.

Environment and natural resources

Managing the environment and sustainable natural resources including fisheries, forestry, mining, water, land, climate change and contaminated sites.

The North

Northern resource development, environmental management, science and innovation, culture and history, Arctic issues, Nutrition North Canada.


Support for adequate and sustainable housing, clean drinking water and community infrastructure such as schools, roads and wastewater systems.

Emergency management

Preventing, preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies in First Nations communities.


Hope for Wellness Helpline

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1-855-242-3310 or chat online at

Benefits and credits

Even things we don't love can have benefits. Like doing your taxes. Learn more about benefits and credits.

National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada, a time to recognize the rich history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

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