Ontario's Community Legal Clinics are funded by Legal Aid Ontario to provide legal services for low-income individuals and families in a variety of areas of law. Many of these clinics have expertise in serving Aboriginal communities in their area and are listed below. Clinics can also help you to find support and advice by directing you to other community agencies that provide assistance and information.

There are a also a number of Specialty Community Legal Clinics that provide advice, legal representation and law reform/advocacy on specific issues or that serve specific communities. Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto (ALST) offers legal assistance to Aboriginal people living in Toronto. Youth, criminal, and family court workers also provide services. ALST operates an alternative justice program, and prepares "Gladue" reports.

If you are Aboriginal and dealing with a Criminal Law matter, you may be able to get assistance through Aboriginal Courtworker Programs that help people who are in conflict with the law, whether they are living on or off reserve, including First Nations, status and non-status Indians, Métis with or without a Métis card, and Inuit. For more information, contact your local Friendship Centre. Friendship Centres across Ontario are listed on the website of the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres (OFIFC).

If you or your lawyer want more information about Gladue, go to the website of Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto (ALST) and look at the Gladue page. ALST has Aboriginal courtworkers at all the Toronto-area criminal courts. ALST also has Gladue caseworkers who write reports in several places in Ontario.

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Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto (ALST)

Offers legal assistance to Aboriginal people living in Toronto. Youth, criminal, and family court workers also provide services. ALST operates an alternative justice program and prepares “Gladue”...
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Legal Clinics - Specialty
Phone:
416-408-3967 or 416-408-4041 (accepts collect calls)
Website:
http://www.aboriginallegal.ca

Beendigen

Beendigen is an independent Native family healing agency whose vision is to provide safety and shelter to Aboriginal women and children experiencing women abuse and to facilitate the cycle of healing...
Regions served:
Northern Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services
Website:
http://www.beendigen.com/index.php?pid=1

Kinna-aweya Legal Clinic

Kinna-aweya Legal Clinic provides legal advice and assistance to the residents of the District of Thunder Bay, particularly Aboriginal people, who need assistance with poverty law issues such as...
Regions served:
Northern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
807-344-2478
Website:
http://www.kalc.ca/index.htm

Law Society Referral Service

You can call the Law Society Referral Service (LSRS) to get the name of a lawyer. You then call the lawyer and, within three business days, the lawyer should call you back to arrange a...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Finding a lawyer
Phone:
1-800-268-8326
Website:
http://www.lsuc.on.ca

Manitoulin Legal Clinic

Manitoulin Legal Clinic provides free legal services to low income people in the District of Manitoulin. Please note that the exact location as displayed by Google Maps below may not be accurate. The...
Regions served:
Northern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
705-368-3333

Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Corporation

Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Corporation (NALSC) delivers and coordinates a range of legal services to members of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN). NALSC is owned by the First Nations of Nishnawbe...
Regions served:
Northern Ontario
Service type:
Other Law-related Services
Phone:
(807) 622-1413
Website:
http://www.nanlegal.on.ca

Northwest Community Legal Clinic

The Northwest Community Legal Clinic provides free legal services to low-income residents of the Kenora and Rainy River Districts from its three offices located in Fort Frances, Kenora, and Atikokan.
Regions served:
Northern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
807-274-5327
Website:
http://www.northwestcommunitylegalclinic.ca/