Social Initiatives

The Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation works in partnership with First Nations, Métis and Aboriginal people, and across ministries to implement government wide approaches, as well as specific initiatives and programs to improve social outcomes for all Aboriginal people. There are over 196,000 Aboriginal people living in British Columbia, representing 5 per cent of the population. The Aboriginal population is distinct and diverse and includes 129,000 First Nations, over 59,000 Métis, and nearly 800 Inuit people.

The ministry engages with Aboriginal communities on tangible initiatives to improve quality of life and address community priorities. Some of these include:

Three strategic documents provide a mandate and framework for the ministry’s work: the New Relationship; the Transformative Change Accord (TCA); and the Métis Nation Relationship Accord (MNRA). Both accords identify mutual goals between government and Aboriginal leadership to close the gap in the quality of life between Aboriginal people and other British Columbians. Ministries work together, and in partnership with Aboriginal leadership, organizations and communities to meet accountabilities in each of the five areas set out in the TCA and MNRA: Crown – Aboriginal Relationships, Education, Housing and Infrastructure, Health and Economic Opportunities.

Visit ministry websites to learn more about specific initiatives and responsibilities.

To find out about recent accomplishments, visit the New Relationship website.

For information about the independent Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada please visit the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's website.