Indigenous peoples

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


Services and information

Indian status

Apply for Indian status and status cards. Learn more about the Indian Register and band membership.

About Indigenous peoples and communities

Find out about Canada's First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and communities, and their arts, cultures and histories. Indigenous peoples are also known as Aboriginal peoples in Canada.


Find funding programs that support First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals and communities.

Benefits and rights

Find out about certain rights and benefits guaranteed to Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

Education, training and jobs

Find out about education, including scholarships and bursaries, training programs and job opportunities for Indigenous peoples.

Health services and social programs

Find out about physical and mental health services, child and family services, non-insured health benefits, family violence prevention and more.

Business and economic development

Find out about programs and services to increase business skills, start or expand a business or develop land on a reserve.


Find out about programs and subsidies that support the building and management of housing for Indigenous peoples.


Find out about programs that support community infrastructure, including water and wastewater systems, housing and education.

Environment and natural resources

Learn how to protect the environment, ensure safe drinking water, clean up contaminated sites, and sustainably develop resources.

Justice and policing

Learn about the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, the Aboriginal Justice Strategy, the Aboriginal Courtwork Program, and reintegration programs for Aboriginal offenders.

Emergency management

Find out about support in case of emergencies and disasters in First Nations communities.

Treaties, claims and agreements

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


Learn how the Government of Canada is working to advance reconciliation and renew a nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.

The North

Find out about northern resource development, environmental management, science and innovation, culture and history in the North, and Arctic issues. Learn about Nutrition North Canada.



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Jordan's Principle

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