Chiefs of Ontario is an advocacy forum and secretariat for collective decision-making and action for Ontario’s First Nations communities

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.

Community and Special Events

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Indigenous Awareness Week – Western University

Indigenous Awareness Week (IAW) seeks to celebrate Western's Indigenous presence, nurture relationships, and facilitate collaborations between indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

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Decolonizing the Heart 2-DAY Workshop – Jan 25 / Feb 1

Reconciliation requires building relationships. Building relationships requires more than coming together over issues. Where do we begin?

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Bell Let’s Talk

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Talking To Our Children About Indigenous History In Canada

Gain confidence to navigate how to talk with your children about Indigenous History in Canada

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Carol Hopkins presents Mental Health and Indigenous Peoples

Carol Hopkins will be giving a presentation about mental health issues and Indigenous peoples.

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World Cancer Day

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Indigenous Community Health and Research Conference

The Faculty of Health Science, the McMaster Indigenous Health Movement – Student Group, and the McMaster Indigenous Research Institute are pleased to host the inaugural ‘Coming together to co-create health equity – an Indigenous Community Health and Research Conference’  

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Have a Heart Day

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Land as Our First Teacher: Exploring Relationships betwee...

The Oral Tradition of Ojibwe storytelling maintains a continuous relationship with 40 000 years of Land-based Knowledge of living in harmony and balance with Mother Earth and each other. Since the mid 20th century, storytelling through pedagogical documentation has emerged from Reggio Emilia, Italy as a way to build relationships in early learning. The intention for the day will be to explore the relationships between these different approaches to storytelling as they relate to the Land as our first teacher.

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International Mother Language Day

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Pink Shirt Day

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International Women’s Day

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National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimin...

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World Water Day

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Earth Hour Day

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Transgender Day of Visibility

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World Autism Awareness Day

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World Health Day

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Earth Day

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National Administrative Professionals Day

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International Firefighters Day

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Red Dress Day

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National Child & Youth Mental Health Day

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Indigenous Nurses Day

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Bear Witness Day

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International Nurses Day

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International Receptionist Day

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International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Bip...

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World Day for Cultural Diversity & Development (UNESCO)

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International Day for Biological Diversity (UN)

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International Missing Children’s Day

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World No-Tobacco Day

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Trauma and Violence Intervention Research Conference

Trauma and Violence Intervention Research: Promoting Safety and Well-Being Across the Lifespan

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Indigenous Day

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World Hepatitis Day

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Treaty of Niagara Anniversary

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International Day of The World’s Indigenous Peoples

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International Youth Day

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National Women’s Equality Day

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International Overdose Awareness Day

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International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awa...

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World Suicide Prevention Day

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Anniversary of Adoption of the United Nations Declaration...

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FASD Week

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International Sign Language Day

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Orange Shirt Day

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World Mental Health Day

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International Day of the Girl

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World Food Day (UN)

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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (UN)

In a world characterized by an unprecedented level of economic development, technological means and financial resources, that millions of persons are living in extreme poverty is a moral outrage. Poverty is not solely an economic issue, but rather a multidimensional phenomenon that encompasses a lack of both income and the basic capabilities to live in dignity.

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Indigenous Veterans Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day is celebrated each year on June 21 and Aboriginal Veterans Day is marked on November 8. Indigenous people in Canada have reason to be proud of their wartime contributions. More than 7,000 First Nations members served in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War, and an unknown number of Inuit, Métis and other Indigenous people also participated. One Veterans group estimates that 12,000 Indigenous men and women served in the three wars.

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World Diabetes Day

Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, amputation, heart disease, kidney failure and early death. Simple action can reduce the risk.

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Rock your Mocs Day

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National Housing Day

Celebrating all of the hard work ensuring people across Canada have the dignity of a home.

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against...

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it.

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Human Rights Day (UN)

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR): a milestone document proclaiming the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world.

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Anniversary of Release of Final Report of TRC (2015)

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada was a truth and reconciliation commission active in Canada from 2008 to 2015, organized by the parties of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. The Commission was officially established on June 2, 2008 with the purpose of documenting the history and lasting impacts of the Canadian Indian residential school system on Indigenous students and their families. It provided residential school survivors an opportunity to share their experiences during public and private meetings held across the country. The TRC emphasizes that it has a priority of displaying the impacts of the residential schools to the Canadians who have been kept in the dark from these matters.