Indigenous peoples

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

Mental health supports available

Former Residential School students can call 1-866-925-4419 for emotional crisis referral services and information on health supports from the Government of Canada.

Indigenous peoples across Canada can also contact the Hope for Wellness Help Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for counselling and crisis intervention. Call toll-free at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat at

Services and information

Coronavirus and Indigenous communities

Support for First Nations and Inuit communities in preparing for, monitoring and responding to COVID-19.

Indian status

Apply for Indian status and status cards. Learn more about the Indian Register, band membership, treaty payments, trusts and estates.

About Indigenous peoples and communities

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


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

Benefits and rights

Rights and benefits guaranteed to Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Education, training and jobs

Education, including scholarships and bursaries, training programs and job opportunities 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.

Business and economic development

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


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


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

Environment and natural resources

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

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.

Emergency management

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

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.


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.

The North

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


Hope for Wellness Helpline

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

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