The Centre recognizes the particular history and disadvantage of Ontario’s First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. The Centre established an Indigenous outreach initiative and has implemented culturally appropriate service guidelines in order to increase usage of the human rights system by Indigenous peoples.
The Human Rights Legal Support Centre recognizes that Indigenous peoples have not traditionally used the human rights process. There are many valid reasons for this, including the legitimate concern that raising a human rights matter as an Indigenous person may produce a disproportionate and intensely negative local reaction that could have an impact on other Indigenous persons in the community.
The Centre is committed to helping indigenous people who want to use the reformed human rights process in Ontario, by providing culturally appropriate legal services at no cost, including help from an Indigenous staff person at the Centre.
Land and Treaty Acknowledgement
The HRLSC provides services throughout Ontario and has lawyers located in Toronto, Guelph, Hamilton, London, Ottawa, Thunder Bay, and Windsor. Accordingly, we acknowledge our presence on the traditional territories of the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, and Anishinaabeg, particularly the Mississaugas of New Credit. The place now called Ontario is home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work and operate in this land.
The HRLSC also recognizes and acknowledges we are in the territory subject to the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Anishinaabeg and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the land and waters of the Great Lakes region.
Video: Defending your human rights in Ontario – what you need to know
This video takes Indigenous people through every-day discrimination scenarios at home, when shopping and at work. It provides information about Ontario’s Human Rights Code and how to get free legal help from the Human Rights Legal Support Centre. The video is a joint project of the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres and the Human Rights Legal Support Centre, funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario.
Indigenous Human Rights Project launched in Sudbury
The N'Swakamok Native Friendship Centre welcomed the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) and the Human Rights Legal Support Centre (HRLSC) to launch the Provincial Indigenous Human Rights Training Initiative.
Read the full media release on Canada Newswire