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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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When You Weren’t Expecting: A Legal Guide for People with Unexpected Pregnancies

Rise Women’s Legal Centre

Provides legal information for people who are unexpectedly pregnant outside of a long-term relationship. It isn’t intended for people who are unexpectedly pregnant while in a long-term relationship or where the pregnant person expects to continue their relationship with the other person during the pregnancy or after the birth of the child.

Last reviewed July 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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Emily’s Choice: A Child Protection Story

Legal Aid BC

A graphic novel and video that tell the story of Emily, who struggles with addiction and an unhealthy relationship. She loves her son, Greg, but can’t always take care of him. When he goes into foster care, she gets legal help and family support to get him back.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Elder Abuse Is Wrong

Government of Canada

This booklet is for older adults who may be suffering from abuse by someone they trust — it could be a partner or spouse, a family member, a caregiver, a service provider or another individual. This kind of abuse of intimacy or trust is wrong.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Domestic Violence in the Workplace

WorkSafeBC

These resources provide an online “tool kit” to help employers understand their obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR), recognize the signs of domestic violence, and take action to help keep workers and workplaces safe.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Diane’s Story: Do I Need a Protection Order?

Legal Aid BC

This 13-minute video is for people who live with an abusive partner and want to leave. It explains what a protection order is and how to make a safety plan.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Delegated Aboriginal Agencies

Legal Aid BC

Explains what delegated Aboriginal agencies are and what their role is in the Aboriginal community. Also includes information for Aboriginal parents on what they can do if they’re being investigated for a child protection matter.

Last reviewed March 2024
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How to Report a Crime

Government of British Columbia

You can report a crime in person, over the telephone, and in some communities, over the internet (online). It can also be done anonymously. Choose the method that best suits your situation and makes you feel most comfortable. In case of emergency, please call 911 immediately.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Common Questions (family law)

Legal Aid BC

Short answers to common questions about separation and divorce, children, abuse and family violence, finances and support, and the BC legal system.

Last reviewed March 2024