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Indigenous Peoples

The land that Burnaby is on has always been home to diverse communities of indigenous peoples. In addition to Coast Salish Nations, the City is also home to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit from all over the country. For more information, the Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study is a snapshot of the hundreds of thousands of indigenous people who live in Canadian urban centres.

More information can also be found through the Burnaby School District (SD41) and their Aboriginal Education Program. For information on programs and services offered in Burnaby, please contact Spirit of the Children Society - an Aboriginal non-profit society serving families in the Burnaby, New Westminster and the Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody) area.

The City of Burnaby also acknowledges and is working to implement the recommendations for local governments in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Final Report and Recommendations for Action. As part of this process, Council has recognized the International Day of Indigenous Peoples.

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