Aboriginal Legal Services

Record #: MET1376
Last Full Update: 07 Dec 2023

Contact Information

Office Phone 416-408-4041
Toll Free Phone 1-844-633-2886
Fax 416-408-1568
E-Mail chantellbarker@aboriginallegal.ca
Website www.aboriginallegal.ca
Social Media Facebook Facebook, LinkedIn LinkedIn
Primary Contact Chantell Barker, Executive Director; Phone: 416-408-4041 ext 299
Alternate Contact Christa Big Canoe, Director of Legal Advocacy; Phone: 416-408-3967 ext 225

Agency Information

Legal Status (50) Non Profit

Description and Service Details

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

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

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), M├ętis and Inuit

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
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 ; Mental Health / Addictions
HCSD Sub Heading 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 Interests/Concerns Issues ; Legal Representation ~ Indigenous Communities ; Legislative Advocacy ~ Indigenous Peoples Interests/Concerns Issues

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