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Legal Information for Indigenous People

S.H.E.D. Society of Bella Coola

This booklet provides basic & accessible legal information for Indigenous people facing legal issues, incl. the justice systems, children & families, rights & protections, death & taxes, income security, and class actions. It explains how the laws can vary for people based on their Indigeneity.

Last reviewed July 2024
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Parenting after Separation for Indigenous Families (course)

Government of British Columbia

This free online course is for parents and family members who identify as Indigenous or have children who identify as Indigenous. It helps parents and family members make decisions about caring for their children after separation or divorce. Learn about guardianship, parenting arrangements, contact, spousal and child support, and using mediation.

Last reviewed May 2024
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Parenting after Separation (PAS) Courses

Government of British Columbia

PAS is a free online three-hour course for parents and others who are going through separation or divorce. It helps ensure that your decisions are being made in the best interest of the children. The course may be required if you’re involved with the court. Offered in Punjabi and English and for Indigenous families.

Last reviewed May 2024
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Trials in Provincial Court

Legal Aid BC

Information about getting ready for a family law trial in Provincial Court, including what happens at a trial, how the courtroom is set up, how evidence is presented, and what goes in a trial book.

Last reviewed May 2024
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Family Justice Counsellors in British Columbia

Government of British Columbia

A 10-minute video describing what justice counsellors do. They work in Family Justice Centres located in communities across the province to help those going through separation or divorce.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Dial-a-Law: Provincial (Family) Court

People’s Law School

If you’re dealing with a family law issue, you may end up in Family Court. (There are advantages to this court over Supreme Court.) Learn what’s involved at each stage.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Family Cases

Provincial Court of British Columbia

The Provincial Court handles matters including guardianship of a child, parenting arrangements, child and spousal support, and protection orders. It shares extensive jurisdiction with the Supreme Court under the BC Family Law Act. Find information and guides here.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Extended Family Program

Legal Aid BC

Provides information about the Extended Family Program. Under the program, parents who are temporarily unable to care for their children can ask to have their children placed in the care of family or friends, instead of having them go into foster care.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Dial-a-Law: Enforcing Support Orders and Agreements

People’s Law School

Unfortunately, some parties who owe child support or spousal support fail to make their payments. Learn the steps to take to enforce payments owed under a support order or agreement.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Early Resolution Process (Family Justice)

Government of British Columbia

On December 7, 2020, the provincial court registries in Surrey and Victoria adopted the early resolution and case management aspects of the new Provincial Court Family Rules. This page tells you about the process and the steps involved. Also includes a poster and a brochure downloadable in PDF.

Last reviewed March 2024