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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 alternatives.

Record #: MET1376 Last Full Update: 09 Sep 2016
Names
Alternate Name Aboriginal Court Worker Program ; Community Council Program ; Giiwedin Anang Council ; Gladue (Aboriginal Persons) Courts ; Toronto Aboriginal Legal Services
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 automatic main entrance ; Wheelchair accessible building including barrier free washroom
Description and Services
Description (Service) 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

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 Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm * Community Legal Clinic intake -- Mon, Wed, Fri 10 am-3 pm * other times by appointment
Areas Served Toronto
Eligibility For Aboriginal people (status or non-status), Métis and Inuit
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 ~ Offenders ; General Legal Aid ~ Indigenous Communities ; Indigenous Courts ; Indigenous Law ; Legal Assistance Referral Services ~ Indigenous Communities ; Legal Counselling ~ Indigenous Communities ; Legal Issues Education/Information ~ 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 Edith Moore, Manager of Human Resources and Administration; Phone: 416-408-4041 ext 278
Primary Executive Jonathan Rudin, Program Director; Phone: 416-408-3967 ext 226
Alternate Executive Christa Big Canoe, Director of Legal Advocacy; Phone: 416-408-3967 ext 225