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Aboriginal rights in the Legal System

Includes legal rights specific to Aboriginal people under the Canadian legal system.

Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto

The ALS mission statement is to strengthen the capacity of the Aboriginal community and its citizens to deals with justice issues and provide Aboriginal controlled and culturally based justice alte

Record #: MET1376 Last Full Update: 04 Nov 2019
Names
Alternate Name Aboriginal Court Worker Program ; ALS ; Community Council Program ; CV19 ; Giiwedin Anang Council ; Gladue (Aboriginal Persons) Courts ; Toronto Aboriginal Legal Services
Former Name Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto (2018)
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Toronto Downtown Central
Address & Map
211 Yonge St, Suite 500
Toronto, ON M5B 1M4
 
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Intersection Yonge St and Queen St E
Physical Access Wheelchair accessible building including barrier free washroom
Description and Services
Description (Service) COVID19 -- serving clients by phone as much as possible * agency will continue to prepare Gladue reports and Gladue Letters and provide Courtworker 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

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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 English ; translation and interpretation may be arranged for First Nation languages
Fees None
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
Contact Information
Office Phone 416-408-3967 or 416-408-4041
Toll Free Phone 1-844-633-2886
Fax 416-408-1568
E-Mail info@aboriginallegal.ca
Website www.aboriginallegal.ca
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
Primary Executive Michael Miller, Executive Director; Phone: 416-408-3967 ext 278

University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic

  • Provides legal advice & representation to low-income persons regarding tenant's rights, criminal charges, small claims court matters, custody and access issues, child support, and peace bo
Record #: OCR1041 Last Full Update: 20 Nov 2019
Names
Alternate Name OCR ; SLASS (Student Legal Aid) ; Student Legal Aid Services Society
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
17 Copernicus St
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
 
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Intersection King Edward Ave and Laurier Ave E
Bus Route Notes OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or Route Timetable
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Parking Pay parking lots * parking meters * daily parking passes * free occasional parking on the street
Description and Services
Description (Service) Student Legal Aid Services Society clinic * staffed by students and supervised by lawyers * provides legal services to low-income members of the community. 
 
Provides legal advice and representation on: Family law (including custody, access, support) * Tenant law (including repairs, rent deposits, Small Claims Court, evictions) * Criminal charges (including drug offences, theft, assault, mischief, some provincial offences) * Serious matters under the Highway Traffic Act and Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act  
 
Conducts legal education presentations, participates in a variety of outreach activities for students and many community organizations.
Hours Administration Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm * by appointment only * closed for exams and training, please call for details
Areas Served Ottawa
Eligibility Recipients of social assistance, low-income citizens and full-time undergraduate students of University of Ottawa and Carleton University whose problems fall within the areas of the clinic's jurisdiction and Legal Aid Ontario.
Application Apply in person
Languages English ; French ; Interpretive Services
Fees None
Service Categories Community Legal Clinics ; Comprehensive Family Law Services ; Criminal Law ; Domestic/Family Violence Legal Services ; Legal Counselling ; Legal Information Services ; Tenant Rights Information/Counselling
Contact Information
Office Phone 613-562-5600
Fax 613-562-5602
Website commonlaw.uottawa.ca/community-legal-clinic/
Primary Executive Louise Toone, Director; Email: louise.toone@uottawa.ca
Other Details
Established 1848
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Colleges and Universities * Legal Aid Ontario ; Donations - Charitable Registration Number: 119278877 RR0001 ; Fees ; University of Ottawa
Elections The Board of Governors is appointed.
Print Material Written material on legal issues * landlord-tenant rights * consumer protection * small claims * lecture series
Resources Website
Accreditation Yes, by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Reach Canada

Educates and informs persons with disabilities, family members, lawyers and the general public about the rights and interests of persons with disabilities and ensures that quality legal and social

Record #: OCR1591 Last Full Update: 22 Jan 2020
Names
Alternate Name CV19 ; OCR
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
312 Parkdale Ave
Ottawa, ON K1Y 4X5
 
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Intersection Parkdale Ave and Scott St
Bus Route Notes OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or Route Timetable
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Parking Free parking
Description and Services
Description (Service) COVID-19 (May 4, 2020): Reach's Legal Referral program is accepting calls from clients with disabilities in Ottawa and the Champlain region who require legal assistance * referrals made to legal resources will now be in the form of telephone or videoconference meetings * Reach’s Legal Referral team will be working remotely until further notice * response time may be impacted by these new working arrangements

Dedicated to educating and informing persons with disabilities, family members, lawyers and the general public about the rights and interests of persons with disabilities and ensuring that quality legal and social representation are provided

The Centre provides speakers to groups and educational programs * lawyer referral services for people with disabilities through a network of lawyers who volunteer
Hours COVID-19 Mon-Thu 9 am-2 pm
Areas Served Ottawa (City of)
Eligibility Persons with disabilities and family members, lawyers, mediators and the general public * anyone interested in the rights and interests of persons with disabilities
Application Call or visit the website to apply
Languages English ; French ; French lawyers are available
Fees None
Service Categories Disability Associations ; Disability Awareness Programs ; Disability Rights Groups ; Legal Assistance Referral Services ~ Disabilities Issues
Contact Information
Office Phone 613-236-6636
Toll Free Phone 1-888-669-4001
E-Mail reach@reach.ca
Website www.reach.ca
Social Media Facebook Twitter
Other Details
Established 1981
Funding Fundraising ; Donations - Charitable Registration Number: 107889297 RR0001
Elections The Board of Directors is elected.
Resources Website