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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.

Special Chiefs Assembly

May 2 - 3, 2017

*Hilton Lac Leamy, Gatineua-Ottawa*

Environment, Energy, Housing and Infrastructure

Agenda and Registration

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

Information & Resources on Hydro -- Click here for recent updates on hydro and energy issues and initiatives

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 (April 27, 2017) --- Today, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa unveiled the province’s budget announcing major funds directed at education, health and justice making community wellness a priority, however there was a clear...
TORONTO, ON (April 21, 2017) --- Yesterday, Grandmother Josephine Mandamin, of Wikwemikong First Nation, began her annual Water Walk to raise awareness of the pollution and poisoning of our lakes and rivers on both sides of the Great Lakes borders...
TORONTO, ON (April 13, 2017) --- Ontario Regional Chief Isadore says that First Nations must have the opportunity to consult and participate fully from the new cannabis legislation announced today. “First Nations leadership will focus on the...
TORONTO, ON (April 12, 2017) --- Today, Pakistani girls’ rights activist Malala Yousafzai becomes an honourary citizen of Canada during a ceremony on Parliament Hill. Ms. Yousafzai began her crusade for education rights for Pakistani girls at...
TORONTO, ON (April 7, 2017) --- “First Nation citizens in Ontario – indeed across the country – are victimized on a daily basis by police forces who either have some members that are overtly racist or, for the most part, have not...
Toronto ON (Mar 31, 2017) – Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day says today’s historic signing of an Memorandum of Understanding in Kashechewan between Canada, Ontario and First Nation leadership should usher in the advancement of...