COO website

The Chiefs of Ontario is an advocacy forum and secretariat for collective decision-making, action, and advocacy for the 133 First Nations communities located in Ontario. Guided by the Chiefs in Assembly, we uphold self-determination efforts of the Anishinaabek, Mushkegowuk, Onkwehon:we, and Lenape Peoples in protecting and exercising their inherent and Treaty rights. Keeping in mind the wisdom of our Elders, and the future for our youth, we continue to create the path forward in building our Nations as strong, healthy Peoples respectful of ourselves, each other, and all of creation.

Proudly hosted by Lac Seul First Nation 

June 13-15, 2017 

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Special Chiefs Assembly

May 2 - 3, 2017

*Hilton Lac Leamy, Gatineua-Ottawa*

Environment, Energy, Housing and Infrastructure

Agenda and Registration

Dynamic Magazine features voices from the communities, leaders and citizens


First Nation Leaders and Cabinet Ministers from across Ontario gathered for annual Leaders in the Legislature event to discuss joint priorities regarding issues and opportunities

Information & Resources on Hydro -- Click here for recent updates on hydro and energy issues and initiatives

On August 24, 2015 the Chiefs of Ontario and the Province of Ontario signed a historical Political Accord. “This Accord captures this social shift and is a tremendous step forward in building a new political relationship between First Nations and the Government of Ontario.”


View photos and video of the ceremony here

Chiefs of Ontario News

(May 25, 2017) First Nation children and youth are dying senseless and needless deaths in ever increasing numbers. The latest incident was the discovery of a 14-year-old child’s body last Thursday in a Thunder Bay river, where far too...
TORONTO -  (May 24, 2017) We are very troubled by the recent deaths of two First Nation youth, Tammy Keeash, 17, a youth in Child and Family Services Care and Josiah Begg, 14, a youth who left his community with his father who needed...
TORONTO – (May 17, 2017) In yesterday’s address at the Grand Council Treaty 3 Spring Assembly in Mitaanjigamiing First Nation, Regional Chief Isadore Day pledged that Chiefs of Ontario will continue to strengthen collaborations and...
TORONTO, ON (May 12, 2017)  “As the Senate of Canada currently debates proposed changes to eliminate sexism in the Indian Act, the simple solution is to begin dismantling this colonial, racist, oppressive piece of legislation. In 1876,...
TIMMINS, ON (May 10, 2017) In this morning’s address to NAN Chiefs in Assembly, Regional Chief Isadore Day pledged that Chiefs of Ontario will continue to support the unique needs of northern communities. The combined youth suicide and...
OTTAWA (May 3, 2017) --- A First Nation leader is calling for a traditional Indigenous headdress and outfit be withdrawn from the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, which is marking its theme to mark Canada's 150th year of Confederation, because it...