History & Mission
On January 18, 2007, the Board of Directors of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) voted unanimously to terminate the membership of the Ontario Métis Aboriginal Association (OMAA). OMAA had been placed into receivership and as a result, thousands of Métis and status and non-status Indians living off reserve in Ontario had been left without a political organization to represent their rights and interests. To meet this need, the Ontario Coalition of Indigenous People (OCIP) was incorporated on December 13, 2006 and was recognized as a CAP affiliate at their Annual General Assembly held in the same year.
OCIP is the only corporation that is a recognized Provincial Affiliate of the CAP in Ontario. We are the political voice of Indigneous Peoples who live in Ontario; who have chosen to be represented by OCIP; who are recognized under Section 35 of the Constitution Act 1982 and Section 91(24) of the Constitution Act 1867; and who are not status Indians living on reserve.
In 2016, OCAP changed its name to the Ontario Coalition of Indigenous Peoples (OCIP)
The Ontario Coalition of Indigneous Peoples (OCIP) represents the rights and interests of Métis, status and non-status Indians living off-reserve in Ontario. We are an affiliate of the Indigenous Peoples’ Assembly of Canada (IPAC) formerly known as the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) and previously as the Native Council of Canada (NCC).
The primary goal of OCIP is to be a political voice for status and non-status Indians off reserve and Métis residing in Ontario; and to carry out its role as an affiliate member of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP), the national organization which is the political advocate for Aboriginal peoples living off reserve; and to ensure a special relationship exists between the government of Canada and the OCIP constituency respecting section 91(24) of the Constitution Act 1867 and seek collaboration and coordination with the Government of Ontario.
The secondary goal of OCIP is to implement many of the programs denied its people in Ontario in the areas such as health care, employment training and post secondary education, affordable housing, legal services relating to criminal justice, poverty issues, Aboriginal rights and interests and mental health services. OCIP will emphasize the creation of a trained competent Aboriginal workforce to provide service delivery for Aboriginal peoples.
A further goal is to inform its diverse communities across Ontario concerning accessing programs and services available from the federal and provincial governments.