The City’s Indigenous Affairs Office (IAO) is focused on supporting City divisions in their work with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and all urban Indigenous communities. The Office strives to strengthen the City’s relationship with Indigenous communities and advancing reconciliation. While the City remains committed to embedding the responsibility for Indigenous priorities across City divisions, the IAO will provide more focused and coordinated leadership on Indigenous affairs.

Toronto has the largest Indigenous population in Ontario. Toronto also has the 4th largest Indigenous population of any city in Canada. Indigenous Peoples hold a unique legal and constitutional position in Canada. The City has affirmed this unique position in its vision statement on Access, Equity and Diversity: “The City recognizes the unique status and cultural diversity of the Aboriginal communities and their right to self-determination.”

Commitment to Indigenous Peoples

Commitments to Indigenous people of Toronto based on priority Calls to Action on the path to Reconciliation.

Indigenous People of Toronto

Toronto has been home to Indigenous Peoples for thousands of years. Today Toronto is home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

City Initiatives for Indigenous Residents

Integrated City of Toronto services for children and health opportunities provided to Indigenous people of Toronto.

Land Acknowledgement

A territorial or land acknowledgement is a statement recognizing the traditional territory of the Indigenous people(s).

Aboriginal Affairs Committee

The Aboriginal Affairs Committee is an advisory body to the Mayor and City Council.

Indigenous Events & Awards

The City recognizes and celebrates a number of annual Indigenous events. The Aboriginal Affairs Award is one of the City's Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards.