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Where can I find programs or resources for Aboriginal people in the Ontario family justice system?

There are several programs to help Aboriginal people who are dealing with the family court system:

Aboriginal family court workers

  • If you need help understanding the family court system, an Aboriginal family court worker may be able to help you. Court workers are not lawyers, so they do not give legal advice. They can provide information on family justice processes, court procedures, and more.

Talking Together – Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • This program is for members of First Nation communities in the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation territory whose children are placed in the child protection system. Talking Together is a restorative justice program based on talking circles that bring families together to work out issues and restore the family.

Giiwedin Anang – Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • This program is for Aboriginal families living in the Greater Toronto Area whose children are in placed in the child protection system. Giiwedin Anang is an alternative dispute resolution program that offers counselling by community Elders and members to bring families together to work out issues and restore the family.

Aboriginal Partner Assault Response (PAR) programs

  • These community-based educational and counselling services are available in some locations for people who have assaulted their partners.

Domestic violence

Services are available to help victims of domestic violence. If you are experiencing violence or the effects of violence, crisis and abuse, find out how to get immediate help.