Indigenous and First Nations

Indigenous and First Nations

The BC Association of Community Response Networks joins with all our communities in supporting the wearing of orange to remember the atrocities which took place in Residential Schools between 1820 and 1996 which resulted in the death of thousands of children. The devastating legacy of the Indian residential school system has affected nearly every Indigenous family. The effects on communities continue to this day. Our thoughts are with the families, the communities, residential school survivors and all who mourn the recently discovered unmarked graves of 215 children in Kamloops, BC.

Please see attached statement from BC CRN Board member, Derek Thompson, reflecting on the unmarked graves of 215 children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School.

The BC Association of Community Response Networks upholds the Calls for Justice in the Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.  Please read the full statement here.

BC CRN has always worked as allies and partners with Indigenous groups who work to keep their communities safe by:

  • Funding and supporting development of indigenous led and directed community response networks (CRNs).
  • Co-sponsoring provincial dialogues with indigenous agencies around the Common Experience Payments to prevent financial abuse.
  • Introducing training to on reserve indigenous communities.
  • Equipping Mentors with appropriate, culturally safe practices and materials.

BC CRN and local CRNs are committed to aligning prevention and education efforts to the outcomes and findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee Report of 2015.

View the BC CRN’s resolution in response to the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee Report findings.

Map of First Nations in BC







Click the map to view the First Nations in BC from the display at the Elder’s Gathering!

BC Elders Communication Center Society
This Society is dedicated to respecting the First Nations Elders of BC by understanding and facilitating their need to have a network for gathering and distributing information that is valuable to them.
Toll-free: 1-877-738-7288

BC RCMP proudly provides municipal, provincial and federal policing in areas that range from isolated Indigenous communities and coastal villages to major cities. Many older adults are more vulnerable to fraud. If you are a victim of fraud in which you have incurred a financial loss and/or given out your personal information, call your local police detachment to report the incident. Record details of your interaction with the fraudster including phone numbers, email addresses and communication with the scammer. Photographs or screen shots of the messages are helpful. We encourage Canadians to also report the incident to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC). To learn more about Your BC RCMP: Alerts, Newsroom and Safety Tips explore BC’s RCMP website.

KUU-US Crisis Line Society
Provides a First Nations and Indigenous specific crisis line available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  KUU-US services are for First Nations, by First Nations, and all crisis response personnel are certified and trained in Indigenous cultural safety bringing an understanding of First Nations history and trauma to their roles.
Toll-free: 1-800-588-8717
Information Poster: 24-hour KUU-US Crisis Services


A Guide to the Pronunciation of Indigenous Communities and Organizations in BC

BC CRN Statement June 2020

Right Relationship: From Elders to Policies

Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future

Being Least Intrusive: An Orientation to Practice for Front-Line Workers Responding to Abuse of Aboriginal Older Adults

Other Helpful Organizations

First Nations Health Authority

Other Web Links

BC First Nation faces COVID-19 outbreak; community leaders issues racism warnings

Gitxsan Way of Knowing About Dementia

Grandview Woodlands Elder International – YouTube Video

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority: First Nations ReAct

We Stand With Cowichan Tribes January 2021 – YouTube