If you are Indigenous and experience discrimination

Myth or fact?

I’m Indigenous. I’ve been turned down for a promotion twice. The review process is the same for everyone here. So I guess this can’t be discrimination.
  • Myth
  • Fact

The law in BC says that it’s wrong if someone treats you badly or unfairly because of certain protected parts of your identity. This is called discrimination. Learn what your human rights and options are if you experience discrimination.

Content warning

This page describes experiences of discrimination. It may bring up difficult or unpleasant memories, feelings, or thoughts. Indigenous Peoples in BC who need emotional support can contact the 24-Hour KUU-US Crisis Line at 1-800-588-8717.

What you should know

Work out the problem

Other steps you can take

Who can help

The BC Human Rights Tribunal lists organizations that can help if you feel you’ve been discriminated against. Below are some of the key ones.

Reviewed for cultural sensitivity by

Kinwa Bluesky, Indigenous legal advocate

  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in June 2023
  • Time to read: 12 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

Debra Febril, Community Legal Assistance Society

Debra Febril

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