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The CRT gratefully and respectfully acknowledges that our work spans across the ancestral territories of 198 First Nations in British Columbia, and the 38 Chartered Communities of the Métis Nation of BC. Many CRT staff, and all tribunal members, work remotely from different areas of British Columbia.

We recognize the historic relationship between Indigenous peoples and the land continues today, and we are thankful our work can reach people across all these lands.

Our commitments

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CRT Navigator service

We’ve added an option to our  claim application to voluntarily self-identify as Indigenous. (We’ll also add this option to our claim response forms in early 2022.)

It’s optional to self-identify as Indigenous. Only CRT staff will see this information. It won’t be shared with the tribunal member making a decision about your claim. It’s not shared with other people in the claim either.

If you self-identify as Indigenous, we’ll offer to connect you with our CRT Navigator. The Navigator can help you understand the CRT process, and guide you through it.

The CRT Navigator isn’t a lawyer, and can’t give legal advice.

The CRT Navigator can only help with the CRT process. They can’t help with court or Human Rights Tribunal cases, or other kinds of legal cases.

Using the CRT Navigator is optional.

We created the CRT Navigator role as part of our commitment to providing a friendly and culturally safe space that supports, encourages and maintains relationships with Indigenous peoples. Asking participants to self-identify as Indigenous also helps us track the experiences, feedback and number of Indigenous peoples who use the CRT. This will help us better understand the needs of Indigenous participants and implement our Reconcili(action) Plan actions.

Reconcili(action) Plan

The CRT Reconcili(action) Plan 2021-2024 sets out our commitment to implement specific, measurable, and timely actions toward reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. It includes short and long-term actions to better serve Indigenous peoples through the CRT process.

Read the CRT Reconcili(action) Plan.

Read our progress reports on these actions.

Questions and answers

The CRT process is mostly done through writing.

If you have difficulty with written communication or the English language, you or your helper can tell the CRT. We may be able to support you by using less written communication and more  phone calls, for example.

We encourage you to ask for help from trusted family members, neighbours, friends or others who have the necessary English language skills.

You can also ask us for access to free telephone interpretation services in over 200 different languages, including these Indigenous languages:

  • Algonquian
  • Amerindian
  • Carrier
  • Chilcotin
  • Chipewyan
  • Cree
  • Cree-James Bay
  • Cree-Plains
  • Cree-Swampy
  • Cree-Woodlands
  • Dene
  • Dogrib
  • Gwichin
  • Inuktitut
  • Inuvialuktun
  • Micif
  • Micmac
  • Nootka
  • North Slavey
  • Ojibway
  • Oji-Cree
  • Salish
  • Salteaux
  • Slavey
  • South Slavey
  • Swampy Cree
  • Tsimshian
  • Wakaskan

Free telephone interpretation is available at every stage of the CRT process.

As part of our Reconcili(action) Plan, the CRT is committed to hiring Indigenous peoples. This includes front-line staff, summer students, case managers, and tribunal members.

We strongly encourage Indigenous applicants to apply. The CRT is committed to having a diverse workplace that represents the population we serve and better meet the needs of our citizens per the Public Service Act.

See our current career opportunities.

The BC Public Service (BCPS) and the CRT are focused on building an inclusive workforce reflective of British Columbians. A new Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service is available to support internal and external participants who self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) in the following aspects of applying for a job with the BCPS:

  • Navigating the hiring system
  • Preparing résumés and cover letters
  • Completing questionnaires
  • Preparing for oral interviews

We do! The CRT offers 1 articling position each year, and encourages Indigenous applicants to apply. The CRT also offers one summer position (May-August) each year for an Indigenous Summer Law Student.

Students work closely with our in-house legal counsel and other tribunal staff while gaining valuable work experience and legal skills.

See our current career opportunities, including any available articling positions.

Please contact us if you would like more information about either of these articling positions.

Since 2017, all CRT staff and full-time tribunal members have been required to take cultural competency and cultural humility training to better understand and acknowledge the unique experiences and worldview of Indigenous peoples.

In addition, all tribunal members and lawyers receive Trauma-informed Practice training.