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Services for Indigenous People

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Services for Indigenous People

The HRLSC recognizes the particular history and disadvantage of Ontario’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The HRLSC established an Indigenous Services and Outreach Committee 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 HRLSC is committed to providing Indigenous people with an accessible legal service. Services are provided in 140 languages including Cree, Oji-Cree, Mohawk, and Ojibway. Have someone who speaks English call us, or let us know at the start of your call, and we will arrange to speak with you in the language of your choice at no cost to you. If requested by you, you can to one of the HRLSC's Indigenous legal staff at any level.

2019 Indigenous Services Brochure
Indigenous Services Brochure

Land and Treaty Acknowledgement

The HRLSC provides services throughout Ontario and has lawyers located in Toronto, Guelph, Hamilton, London, Thunder Bay, and Windsor. Accordingly, we acknowledge our presence on the traditional territories of the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, and Anishinaabeg, Attawandaron and Leni-Lunaape, the Métis homeland and particularly the Mississauga of the 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