The Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition was established in 2001 to respond to the needs of the Ottawa Aboriginal Community with a unified approach.
OAC members are Indigenous service organization providing
front-line programs and services to Aboriginal people living in the National Capital Region
We acknowledge the gift of being on Anishnabek territory and specifically on Algonquin Territory. We want to recognize the two closest Algonquin First Nation communities: Kitigan Zibi and the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan.
We also recognize that today - Ottawa is a gathering place for First Nations, Inuit and Métis from across Canada.
This land acknowledgement commits us to the original relationship we were building together – through friendship and peace.
The Coalition uses the term “Aboriginal” which is inclusive of First Nation, Inuit and Métis people. Increasingly the term “Indigenous” is used to reflect the same groups. We are respectful of whatever term an Indigenous person or organization uses to self-define