There are many different groups of indigenous peoples in the Yukon Territory, including different Nations and cultures. The term "Aboriginal" is used by government and means people who are First Nations (Registered Indians, or Status and non-Status Indians), Métis, and Inuit. If you are an aboriginal child or youth, some specific rights and benefits will apply to you depending on your community and your collective rights.
You are eligible to receive the same services as other Yukoners, but these services may come from different sources compared to the general population. Services may be delivered through the First Nation governments, Tribal Councils, Friendship Centres, Métis agencies or other indigenous community organizations where you live. These services can include youth, health, educational, child and family services, employment services and even different support services like counseling. There are differences in where services come from, who pays for those services, and what rights some specific groups of indigenous people have.
If you have any questions about your rights as an indigenous child or youth, you can call the Yukon Child & Youth Advocate Office for free at 1-800-661-0408. For more information on Indian status, please visit Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.