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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.

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.




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