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Aboriginal Legal Services

Contact Information
Office Phone 416-408-3967 or 416-408-4041
Toll Free Phone 1-844-633-2886
Fax 416-408-1568
Primary Contact Jonathan Rudin, Program Director; Phone: 416-408-3967 ext 226
Alternate Contact Christa Big Canoe, Director of Legal Advocacy; Phone: 416-408-3967 ext 225
Agency Information
Description (Agency) Community legal clinic * registered charity
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Primary Executive Christa Big Canoe, Director of Legal Advocacy; Phone: 416-408-3967 ext 225
Description and Service Details
Description (Service) COVID19 -- serving clients by phone as much as possible * agency will continue to prepare Gladue reports and Gladue Letters and provide Court Worker services to the Toronto courts * all walk-in service, group programming, notarization, commissioning of documents and public legal education and outreach activities are currently suspended


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
Hours COVID19 -- offering service by phone * call 416-408-4041 or toll free 1-844-633-2886
Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm * Community Legal Clinic intake -- Mon, Wed, Fri 10 am-3 pm * other times by appointment
Areas Served Ontario
Eligibility For Aboriginal people (status or non-status), Métis and Inuit
Application Call or visit website for information
Languages Other - translation and interpretation may be arranged for First Nation languages
Fees None
Site Information
Located In Community Toronto
Address & Map
211 Yonge St
Suite 500
Toronto, ON
Canada M5B 1M4
View Google Map
Intersection Yonge St and Queen St E
Mailing Address 211 Yonge St 
Suite 500 
Toronto, ON 
Canada M5B 1M4
Physical Access Wheelchair accessible building including barrier free washroom
Categories and Classification
HCSD Main Heading Government / Legal ; Indigenous Peoples ; Mental Health / Addictions
HCSD Sub Heading All Services for Indigenous Peoples ; Community Legal Services ; Court Services ; Justice / Mental Health Programs ; Legal Education / Information
Service Categories Adult Diversion ~ Indigenous Communities ; Community Legal Clinics ; Court Orientation Programs ~ Indigenous Communities ; General Legal Aid ~ Indigenous Communities ; Indigenous Courts ; Indigenous Law ; Legal Assistance Referral Services ~ Indigenous Communities ; Legal Counselling ~ Indigenous Communities ; Legal Information Services ~ Indigenous Peoples Issues ; Legal Representation ~ Indigenous Communities ; Legislative Advocacy ~ Indigenous Peoples Issues

Agency Overview

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