Other Government Programs and Services
All Canadians can access medical services through their provincial or territorial health insurance plan. If you're a First Nations person living on reserve, you can also access community-based health programs and services. Many of these are delivered locally by First Nations organisations. Contact your local health centre or band office for more information.
- Health Canada also provides services and programs for First Nations and Inuit. Find out more:
- Veterans – as a war veteran or civilian with theatre-of-war experience, you and your family may be entitled to certain services and benefits.
Children, Youth and Education
- Aboriginal Head Start – Provides support for preschool children and their parents.
- First Nations/Inuit Child Care Initiative – Gives parents a chance to work or learn. Child care spaces are located in 486 First Nations and Inuit communities across Canada.
- The Youth Employment Strategy offers programs for young people 15-30.
- Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) provides an opportunity to earn while you gain valuable work experience.
Jobs and Training
- The Canadian Forces Aboriginal Entry Program provides an opportunity to sample military life without have to join.
- The Aboriginal Cadet Development Program gives you a chance to find out if you're cut out for a career in the RCMP through a three-week course at the RCMP Training Academy.
Business Services and Economic Development
- The Business Development Bank of Canada supports Aboriginal entrepreneurs with a variety of services.
Arts and Culture
- The Canada Council for the Arts offers programs to help artists create and present their work. All Canada Council programs are available to Aboriginal artists and non-profit arts organisations. In addition, there are several council programs open only to Aboriginal artists and arts organisations.
Justice, Legal Issues and Taxation
- Alternatives to the justice system are available to Aboriginal people, particularly youth.
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