Equity, Diversity and Human Rights


Aboriginal Affairs

The City of Toronto recognizes and respects the unique status and cultural diversity among the Aboriginal communities of Toronto.

The City continues its commitment to supporting the Aboriginal right to self-determination by working inclusively with Aboriginal communities in Toronto to achieve equitable outcomes within their communities and their day-to-day lives.

 In collaboration with Aboriginal communities, the City hosts events and engages in intergovernmental dialogue on an Urban Aboriginal Strategy under the leadership of an Aboriginal Affairs Committee.


Aboriginal Affairs Committee

The Aboriginal Affairs Committee is an advisory body to the Mayor and City Council. Any advice or recommendations that require action or implementation by staff must be considered by the appropriate standing committee and approved by City Council.

Aboriginal Education Strategy

The City commits to creating training opportunities for the Toronto Public Service to learn about the history and its current day impacts from Aboriginal Elders and other Aboriginal partners.

Aboriginal Employment Strategy

In July 2010, Council adopted the Statement of Commitment to the Aboriginal Communities in Toronto. The commitments laid out in the Statement refer to employment and public appointments.

Annual events

Annual events supported by the City of Toronto including The Aboriginal Affairs Award, National Aboriginal Day and Louis Riel Day.

Calls to Action

In 2015, City Council in consultation with the Aboriginal Affairs Committee, identified eight Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's report as priorities for implementation.

City initiatives

Listing of  City initiatives including a Statement of Commitment, Urban Aboriginal Strategy, Aboriginal Education Strategy and Aboriginal Employment Strategy.

Civic participation

The City also commits to engaging Aboriginal communities in the City’s decision making process, to removing barriers to civic participation and to increasing the representation and role of Aboriginal people on municipal boards and committees.

Community involvement

Involvement in the community including the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in 2015, Earth Day Canada, Toronto District School Board Aboriginal Advisory Council and Toronto Public Health Aboriginal Advisory Council.

Resources/ Research

Check this section for Interesting studies and research. If you would like to post something in this section to share with others, please contact diversity@toronto.ca, 416-392-5583 or TTY 416-338-0889.

Statement of Commitment

The City's Statement of Commitment identifies seven distinct goals to be fulfilled as part of the Urban Aboriginal Strategy/Framework.


Year of Truth and Reconciliation

This year-long proclamation adds to the City's ongoing work to enhance relationships with the Aboriginal community in Toronto, many of whom are residential school survivors or family members who have been affected by the legacy of the residential school system.