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Aboriginal Legal Services

Aboriginal Legal Services
211 Yonge St Suite 500, Toronto, ON M5B 1M4
Toronto Downtown Central
416-408-3967 or 416-408-4041
Jonathan Rudin, Program Director, ph:416-408-3967 ext 226
Christa Big Canoe, Director of Legal Advocacy, ph:416-408-3967 ext 225
Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm * Community Legal Clinic intake -- Mon, Wed, Fri 10 am-3 pm * other times by appointment
For Aboriginal people (status or non-status), Métis and Inuit
Community Legal Clinic 416-408-4041, fax 416-408-1568
* deals primarily with landlord and tenant issues, Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Plan (ODSP), Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPPD), human rights, police complaints, criminal injuries compensation, poverty law, Indian Act
* no criminal or family law
* may provide representation
* referrals to lawyers in private practice where appropriate
* law reform and public legal education activities
* funded by Legal Aid Ontario

Aboriginal Court Worker Program -- support to those appearing in court
* assistance in finding lawyers and contacting family members
* referrals
* available at all criminal courts in Toronto

Community Council Program -- criminal diversion program for young and adult Aboriginal offenders charged with a wide variety of offences
* substitutes court appearance with an appearance before community members, with a disposition focusing on culture, tradition and healing

Gladue (Aboriginal Persons) Courts -- support available at Old City Hall, College Park and 1000 Finch Ave W courts

Gladue Writer/Caseworker -- call for information

Giiwedin Anang Council -- Aboriginal alternative dispute resolution for families involved in the child welfare system
* family counselling delivered by community Elders and members focus on traditional teachings and Talking Circles
Call or visit website for information
English - translation and interpretation may be arranged for First Nation languages
- Wheelchair accessible building including barrier free washroom
Non Profit
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Aboriginal Legal Services
Address: 211 Yonge St Suite 500, Toronto, ON M5B 1M4;
Phone: 416-408-3967 or 416-408-4041