OCIP

Welcome to the Ontario Coalition of Indigenous People (OCIP). We are an advocacy organization in Ontario that represents the rights and interests of off-reserve Aboriginal peoples (Métis, Status and non-Status Indians) living in urban, rural and remote areas throughout the province.

OCIP is designed to be a flexible,”bottom-up,” community-based coalition that supports projects and priorities identified by local community members. The OCIP approach embodies innovation in government, given that community members participate in the decision making process along side government members. The goal of OCIP is to implement programs and services that address the ever-increasing needs of its members. OCIP has implemented a governance structure that is geographically equal across the province of Ontario. The current Board of Governors consists of a President, Chairperson, Vice-Chief, Elder, Métis Senator, Special Advisor, Youth Advisor, and Community Representation.

OCIP was structured to help communities build on their successes and focus on broadening and strengthening partnerships across the province, as well as increasing the participation of members in each area.

Community-based local solutions reflect local realities and needs and can form the basis of an appropriate and effective response. Building capacity within community based organizations at the local level, and developing partnerships within each community is among the objectives of OCIP.

OCIP officially became the recognized Ontario affiliate of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples in November, 2007, when delegates of the Congress’ Annual General Assembly unanimously ratified OCIP’s application for recognition as the Ontario affiliate of the Congress.

Collaboration continues to be the driving force behind OCIP, with 23 affiliate community organizations throughout Ontario. With partnerships being solidified and a strategic plan being developed that will provide long-term solutions to address the needs of Aboriginal people across Ontario.

 

 President’s Message

"Aanii, Kwe Kwe, Shé:kon, Hello, Bonjour!

Welcome to the new website of the Ontario Coalition of Indigenous Peoples (OCIP)! Our new website will make it easier for you to navigate through our information and make the experience more enjoyable. It’s mobile friendly, so you can browse news, information and opportunities while on the go.

As a political organization, OCIP is proud and committed to represent the rights and interests of status and non-status Indians living off reserve and Métis in Ontario. We are an affiliate member of the Indigenous Peoples’ Assembly of Canada (IPAC), formerly known as the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples and previous to that name change, known as the Native Council of Canada.

OCIP is very pleased that the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in the Daniels case that Métis and non-status Indians are “Indians” under section 91(24) of the Constitution Act, 1867. “They are all Indians under section 91(24) by virtue of the fact they are all Aboriginal peoples,” wrote Justice Rosalie Abella.

“We offer our congratulations to Joe Magnet and his legal team for their outstanding work over the past 17 years. The decision is a massive victory for Métis and non-status Indians in Canada. OCIP is also pleased that the Court has overturned the decision of the Federal Court of Appeals that to be Métis, you must meet the Powley criteria,” said President Maggrah.

The central issue in the Daniels case arose from the federal government’s denial that it had jurisdiction over Métis and non-status Indians under section 91(24) of the Constitution Act, 1867. This denial had been used by the federal government as a justification to refuse to deal with Métis and non-status Indians, and to exclude them from federal programs and benefits. The declaratory ruling does not compel the federal government to do anything, but relies upon the honour of the Crown to respond appropriately, now that the legal issues have been determined by the Supreme Court. This historic win ensures that OCIP can begin the process to have equitable access to programs and services, such as non-insured health benefits, housing and education."

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