Local Organizations

National Aboriginal Organizations in Ottawa


Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada
The mission of the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association is to improve the health of Indigenous Peoples, by supporting Indigenous Nurses and by promoting the development and practice of Indigenous Health Nursing.

Assembly of First Nations
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is a national advocacy organization representing First Nation citizens in Canada, which includes more than 900,000 people living in 634 First Nation communities and in cities and towns across the country.

Congress of Aboriginal Peoples
The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) is one of five National Indigenous Representative Organizations recognized by the Government of Canada.

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada
Using a reconciliation framework that respectfully engages First Nation and non-Aboriginal peoples, the Caring Society provides high quality resources to support First Nations communities to empower children, youth and families.

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
The National Representational Organization Protecting and Advancing the Rights and Interests of Inuit in Canada

Legacy of Hope Foundation
The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) is a national Indigenous-led, charitable organization founded in 2000 with the goal of educating and raising awareness about the history and many legacies of the Residential School System.

Métis National Council
MNC reflects and moves forward on the desires and aspirations of these Métis governments at the national and international level.

National Association of Friendship Centres
The NAFC was established in 1972 to represent, nationally, the growing number of Friendship Centres emerging across Canada

Assembly of Seven Generations
Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G) is a national youth led, youth driven, non-profit Indigenous founded organization.

Native Women’s Association of Canada
NWAC is founded on the collective goal to enhance, promote, and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of First Nations, Métis and Inuit women.

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada
Pauktuutit is the national representative organization of Inuit women in Canada

Aboriginal Lodges

Iskotew Lodge  

Iskotew Lodge, located on Tunney’s Pasture in Ottawa. Established as a healing and wellness lodge for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal employees of Health Canada and other government departments. For more information: Iskotew@hc-sc.gc.ca

Kumik Lodge

Healing and Wellness lodge located at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Les Terrasses de la Chaudière, 10 Wellington, Gatineau, Quebec

Aboriginal Student Centres

Carleton University

The Centre for Indigenous Initiatives welcomes and supports Indigenous peoples who work and study at Carleton University, as students, faculty and professional services staff.

  • Ojigkwanong Centre
    The Ojigkwanong Centre is open to the campus community to learn about and practice First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultures, traditions and worldviews.

University of Ottawa

The priority for the ARC is to enhance recruitment of First Nations, Inuit and Métis students, and to provide them with the support necessary to ensure their success at the University.

Alongquin College

The Mamidosewin Centre provides a variety of cultural programs and services to Indigenous learners attending Algonquin College.

La Cite

At La Cité you can study in French while respecting the heritage of your ancestors, like a hundred young people at the Collège who are part of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples (FNMI).


The Aboriginal Centre located at Heritage College in Gatineau, provides Aboriginal students with a culturally sensitive and welcoming climate.


Housing Services

Gignul Non-Profit Corporation

Gignul Non-Profit Housing Corporation is committed to a holistic and comprehensive approach to housing that includes both those Aboriginal people at risk of losing their housing, or those who are currently homeless


Employment Services

Kagita Mikam

Kagita Mikam extends employment and training services to all eligible Aboriginal peoples living in Ottawa. Kagita Mikam was established in 1991 to provide a cooperative working relationship with the Indigenous and local communities, organizations and associations.


Children and Family Services


Makonsag Aboriginal Head Start offers a culturally-enriched learning environment for Aboriginal preschool children. Our teachers offer children love, acceptance and understanding while fostering the growth and development of each individual child.


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Minwaashin Lodge

Minwaashin Lodge provides a range of programs and services to First Nations, Inuit and Métis women and children (regardless of status) who are survivors of domestic and other forms of violence, and who may also be suffering the effects of the residential school system.
Minwaashin also has a shelter for Indigenous women and their children who are fleeing violence (Oshki Kizis)


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Ontario Native Women's Association

ONWA is a non-profit, with offices all over Ontario, including one in Ottawa. They work to empower Indigenous women and their children since 1971.


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A non-profit organization providing services to Ottawa’s Aboriginal Community.


Inuit Specific Services 

Innuqatutiit Centre for Inuit Children, Youth and Families

Formerly the Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre, Inuuqatigiit serves Inuit, children, youth and their families. In partnership with parents and the community, OICC fosters strong families by providing a learning environment that will enhance children’s overall wellbeing, adaptability and strength in a proud Inuit culture.


Housing Services


Tewegan Housing for Aboriginal Youth is a 12 bed transitional home for First Nations, Inuit and Métis women, ages 16 to 29, who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Tewegan offers a safe, culture-based environment, confidential counselling, and life skills programs.


Inuit Specific Services

Tungasuvvingat Inuit

Tungasuvvingat Inuit is an Inuit-specific service provider that provides social support, cultural activities, counselling and crisis intervention as a one-stop resource centre to meet the rapidly growing, complex and evolving needs of Inuit.


Health Services

Larga Baffin

A full service boarding home for residents of the Baffin Region of Nunavut. Located in Ottawa our goal is to provide, within the limits of our mandate, the best possible atmosphere and service to our clients needing specialized medical care not available in their home communities. At Larga Baffin, we are committed to providing our clients with the highest quality of service possible and are dedicated to providing our team with continuous training and support.




Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health provides a wide range of medical clinics, social services and support, and youth programs for Ottawa’s 40,000+ Indigenous people. Services are offered in a culturally sensitive way that welcomes, accepts and represents all Aboriginal peoples.


Health Services

Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team

The Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team (AIFHT) is dedicated to treating members of Ottawa’s Inuit community and is the only one of its kind in the world. It provides testing, treatment, medications and prescriptions for any medical issue

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