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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.

11th Annual Chiefs of Ontario Health Forum

Hilton Hotel, 145 Richmond St. West. Toronto

Feb 28, March 1, 2, 2017


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The Chiefs of Ontario Secretariat Office is relocating. We will officially be in our new office the week of Dec 12, 2016,+Toronto,+ON+M5A+1T7/@43.6569221,-79.362683,17z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x89d4cb407ddfc079:0x68ed49f19b9c1b2b!2s468+Queen+St+E,+Toronto,+ON+M5A+1T7!3b1!8m2!3d43.6569221!4d-79.360489!3m4!1s0x89d4cb407ddfc079:0x68ed49f19b9c1b2b!8m2!3d43.6569221!4d-79.360489?hl=en

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

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The Chiefs of Ontario Political Confederacy 2015/16

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

TORONTO, ON (Feb 14, 2017) --- Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day says today’s landmark decision by the Ontario Courts in favour of the Sixties Scoop Claim is not only recognition of what the survivors suffered but a judgment that Canada...
TORONTO, ON (Feb 7, 2017) --- Chief Operating Officer of the Chiefs of Ontario Secretariat Nathan Wright is pleased to announce that the second edition of the Chiefs of Ontario Magazine The Advocate has wrapped up and is currently being distributed...
TORONTO, ON (Feb 2, 2017) --- Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day says that the federal government’s willingness to negotiate an end to the Sixties Scoop claim is a positive sign. However, they must acknowledge to the survivors and to Canada...
SERPENT RIVER, ON (Jan 31, 2017) --- Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day offers his deepest condolences to the family and community of Obashkaandagaang First Nation (Washagamis Bay) after Chief Alfred Sinclair passed into the spirit world Sunday....
TORONTO, ON (Jan 26, 2017) --- Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day says that the new federal funding for child welfare support services is less than half of the funds ordered by a federal tribunal last year – and it still does not adequately...
TORONTO, ON (Jan 19, 2017) --- This morning Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, National Chief Perry Bellegarde, and MP Charlie Angus called upon the federal government to immediately address the ongoing suicide crisis that has claimed...