Are the rights of Aboriginal people different from other Canadians’ rights in family law cases?

In some areas of family law, Aboriginal people have different rights under the Child, Youth and Family Services Act. In many other areas they have the same rights as other Canadians.

Court decisions about caring for children, parenting orders, guardianship, child and spousal support, and property laws may all take a person’s Aboriginal heritage into account.

Letting your lawyer know that you self‑identify as an Aboriginal person can help protect your rights.