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Toronto Organizations

Indigenous Education Network (IEN)

The Indigenous Education Network at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) was founded in 1989 to provide an Indigenous presence at OISE and to establish a forum for ongoing and dynamic discussion, action and change. To achieve its vision the IEN support both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students and their study interests in Indigenous education; advances education research on Indigenous issues; encourages the development of Indigenous curriculum; and, collaborates with campus and community groups to strengthen its initiatives.

The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto

From their website: The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto is an Aboriginal community cultural centre. The Centre welcomes the local community, including guests from across Canada and offers a variety of programs and services.

16 Spadina Road (North of Bloor) 
Toronto, Ontario, M5R 2S7

Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre

From their website:  "Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre is an autonomous, virant cultural agency that involves and serves the indigenous community with confidence for and commitment to their well-being...To provide counselling, material assistance and other direct services to First Nations people as well as to encourage and enhance spirtiual and personal growth."

Dodem Kanonhsa'

From their website: “The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto (NCCT), in partnership with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), welcomes you to the Dodem Kanonhsa'. DODEM KANONHSA' Elders' Cultural Facility is a learning and sharing facility which fosters greater acceptance, understanding and harmony between members of First Nations and Non-Aboriginal People.”

55 St. Clair Avenue East, 6th Floor
(Just east of Yonge)

Mizewe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training

From their website: Miziwe Biik is committed to assisting all persons of native ancestry in the Greater Toronto Area to attain a better quality of life. We believe that community needs and aspirations are paramount. We are committed to strengthening the community through partnerships promoting equality and self reliance.

Miziwe Biik strives to provide training and employment opportunities in a supportive environment in which people can affirm their native identities and develop to their full potential.

167 Gerrard Street East

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

From their website: Native Child and Family Services serves Native families and children in the Toronto area including, First Nations, Métis and Inuit and all those with Aboriginal heritage who choose to be served by the agency. Native Child and Family Services of Toronto strives to provide for a life of quality, well being, caring and healing for our children and families in the Toronto Native Community. It does this by creating a services model that is culture-based, respecting the values of Native peoples, the extended family and the right to self-determination.

30 College Street, Toronto ON M5G 1K2 (just west of Yonge Street on the north side)

Anishnawbe Health Toronto

From their website: Our mission is to improve the health and well being of Aboriginal People in spirit, mind, emotion and body by providing Traditional Healing within a multi-disciplinary health care model.

Our main office is located at:

225 Queen Street East
Toronto, Ontario Canada M5A 1S4
Telephone 416-360-0486
Fax 416-365-1083

Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto

From their website: Mission Statement: To strengthen the capacity of the Aboriginal community and its citizens to deals with justice issues and provide Aboriginal controlled and culturally based justice alternatives.

Métis Nation of Ontario

From their website: In 1993, the Métis Nation of Ontario (“MNO”) was established through the will of Métis people and Métis communities coming together throughout Ontario to create a Métis-specific governance structure. Prior to 1993, Métis had been involved in pan-Aboriginal lobby groups and organizations.  The MNO was not created to represent all individuals and communities that claim to be Métis, but those individuals and communities that are a part of the Métis Nation.

103 Richmond Street East, Suite 404 (a few steps west of Jarvis Street)

The Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth

"The office of the provincial advocate for children and youth reports directly to the legislature and provides an independent voice for children and youth, including children with special needs and First Nations children.  The advocates receive and respond to concerns from children, youth and families who are seeking or receiving services under the Child and Family Services Act and the Education Act (Provincial and Demonstration Schools)."

This office also produced the Feathers of Hope Youth Action Plan and has made a commitment to fully support the work of the Deepening Knowledge Project as they make their report accessible to those looking to include a stronger presence of First Nations realities in their classrooms

401 Bay Street, Suite 2200, Toronto, Ontario M7A 0A6 

Centre For Indigenous Theatre 

From Their Website: In 1974, the late James Buller founded Native Theatre School. This original four-week program was created based on his belief that with a viable Aboriginal theatre school in place, Aboriginal actors, playwrights and directors would have a forum for exploration and exchange, and that the results of this exchange would have a measurable impact on the Aboriginal Theatre community.

Today, the Centre for Indigenous Theatre has expanded, offering a three year full-time program. The Centre embraces the spirit, energy and inspiration derived from the culture, values and traditions of Indigenous people. From these roots, we seek to elaborate a contemporary Indigenous performance culture through training and professional development opportunities for emerging and established Native theatre artists.

NWRCT - Native Women's Resource Centre of Toronto

From Their Webiste:The Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto (NWRCT) began when a dedicated group of Aboriginal women recognized the need for a gathering place in Toronto where Aboriginal women could share resources, support one another, and practice their traditional ways. In 1985, this vision resulted in the downtown basement office that affectionately became known as “The Pit.”

Today, the Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto provides a safe and welcoming environment for all Aboriginal women and their children in the Greater Toronto Area. Our programs fall under six broad categories: Housing, Families, Advocacy, Employment, Education, and Youth. We also host a variety of Cultural Activities for our clients and the general public, including the annual Minaake Awards, Sisters In   Spirit Vigil, and Winter Solstice .

TORONTOMIUTAUJUGUT - Toronto's Inuit Youth

From Their Website:Our vision is to connect the growing number of Inuit youth in Toronto and provide them with a safe place to learn and grow together. Preserving traditional Inuit knowledge and contemporary Inuit experience. Strengthening the relationship between northern and southern communities.

215 Spadina Ave, Suite 400 Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

Canada-wide Organizations

Community Led Organizations United Together (CLOUT)

CLOUT is a coalition of nine community-based organizations providing direct service to inner-city children and families. They include: Andrew Street Family Centre, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, Community Education Development Association (CEDA), Native Women's Transition Centre, North End Women's Centre, Ndinawemaaganag Endaawad (Ndiniwe) Rossbook House, Wolseley Family Place and Wahbung Abinoonjiiag.  See the YouTube trailer.

Collectively, CLOUT organizations have been building capacity in the inner-city for many years. Their approach to capacity building is as grassroots as it gets. In the 2010 State of the inner City Report title "We're in it for the long haul" Carole O'brien tells the story of CLOUT."

Indspire - (formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation)

From the website:  Our focus is on supporting, innovating, and fundamentally transforming Indigenous education. But as our name suggests, we are equally committed to exposing Indigenous youth to inspiring people and possibilities. The influence of positive Indigenous role models is often life-changing. So we consistently celebrate Indigenous achievers of all ages and backgrounds, recognizing those who have persisted and overcome.

The Indiginous Leadership Development Institute

A non-profit organization established to build leadership capacity in Indigenous people, run by Indigenous people and directed by a volunteer board reflecting the diversity of the Indigenous community.

Aboriginal Healing Foundation

A non-profit organization which provides resources that help promote reconciliation and encourage and support Aboriginal people and their communities in building and reinforcing sustainable healing processes that address the legacy of physical, sexual, mental, cultural, and spiritual abuses in the residential school system, including intergenerational impacts.

National Aboriginal Health Organization

An organization dedicated to advancing the health and well-being of First Nation, Inuit, and Métis populations in Canada.

Centre for Indigenous Sovereignty

Helping to to create an avenue to assist First Nation peoples in developing and implementing initiatives for the positive rebuilding of Indigenous communities, nations, governments and organizations.

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

CCAB helps create great prospects for Aboriginal business people and their partners, suppliers and customers.

Assembly of First Nations

The Assembly of First Nations exists to fulfill the goal of correcting these injustices and to enhance the rightful position of the First Nations Peoples in Canada's future.

Canadian Aboriginal Festival

Canada's largest celebration of Aboriginal art, culture, and traditions.

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network

The largest television station devoted to the interests and productions of aboriginal populations in Canada.

Native American Rights Fund

Founded in 1970, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) is the oldest and largest nonprofit law firm dedicated to asserting and defending the rights of Indian tribes, organizations and individuals nationwide.

The National Centre for First Nations Governance

The National Centre for First Nations Governance is a non-profit organization that supports First Nations as they develop effective, independent governance.

Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada 

From Their Website:The Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada (APAC) is a membership-based, leadership-focused organization that connects, supports and promotes outstanding leadership within the Aboriginal professional community.


Chiefs of Ontario 

The Chiefs of Ontario is a political forum and secretariat for collective decision-making, action, and advocacy for the 133 First Nations communities located within the boundaries of the province of Ontario. Guided by the Chiefs in Assembly, we uphold self-determination efforts of the Anishinaabek, Mushkegowuk, Onkwehonwe, and Lenape Peoples in protecting and exercising their inherent and Treaty rights. Keeping in mind the wisdom of our Elders, and the future for our youth, we continue to create the path forward in building our Nations as strong, healthy Peoples respectful of ourselves, each other, and all creation. The activities of the Chiefs of Ontario are mandated through and guided by:

Resolutions passed by the Chiefs in Assembly of the 133 First Nations in Ontario.
The Political Confederacy made up of the Grand Chiefs of Political Territorial Organizations (PTOs) and Independent First Nations.
The elected Regional Chief for the Chiefs of Ontario.

Toronto Administration Office

Location: 468 Queen St E, Suite 400,
Toronto, ON
M5A 1T7
Toll free: 1 877 517 6527
Phone: (416) 597 1266
Fax: (416) 597 8365

Political Office

Location: 236 Frontenac Street
Batchewana First Nation, ON
P6A 6Z1
T. 705.254.1477
F. 705.254.6873


Inuit Tapiriit KanatamIi

From Their Website: Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, formerly the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada, was founded at a meeting in Toronto in February 1971 by seven Inuit community leaders. The impetus to form a national Inuit organization evolved from shared concern among Inuit leaders about the status of land and resource ownership in Inuit Nunangat. Industrial encroachment into Inuit Nunangat from projects such as the then proposed Mackenzie Valley pipeline in the Northwest Territories and the James Bay Project in Northern Québec, spurred community leaders to action.

They agreed that forming a national Inuit organization was necessary to voice their concerns about these and related issues, choosing the name Inuit Tapirisat of Canada (“Inuit will be united”) for the new organization. The first ITC conference was held in Ottawa later that year.


75 Albert Street, Suite 1100
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5E7
Phone: 1 (613) 238-8181
Toll-Free (Canada): 1 (866) 262-8181
Fax: 1 (613) 234-1991

Pauktuutit - Inuit Women of Canada 

From Their Website: Pauktuutit is the national representative organization of Inuit women   in Canada and is governed by a 14-member Board of Directors from across Canada. It fosters greater awareness of the needs of Inuit women, advocates for equality and social improvements, and encourages their participation in the community, regional and national life of Canada.

More Information
Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada
1 Nicholas Street, Suite 520
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
T: 613-238-3977
F: 613-238-1787
Toll Free: 1-800-667-0749


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