Services by topic - Aboriginal Issues
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.
211 Ontario is an information and referral hotline that gives help in many languages. Dial 211 for free from any phone in Ontario. They take calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For general information on finding legal help visit: I need legal help, but have limited income and can't afford a lawyer. What can I do?
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