Our Approach

The Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy NETWORK supports the ecosystem of individuals and groups committed to improving the quality of life of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities living in the greater Montreal area.

Together we:

  1. Share information and transfer knowledge;
  2. Prioritize needs;
  3. Develop joint projects to address gaps and reduce duplication of services;
  4. Create and strengthen partnerships.

Led by, owned by, & for the Indigenous community

With strong allies & reciprocal partnerships

As a hub for dialogue, information & effort

Changing systems for a positive & sustainable impact

Join the NETWORK

Subscribe to our monthly newsletters to learn about the latest news, job postings, and events happening on Tiohtiá:ke.

Want to submit content in our newsletter? Send it to us: info@reseaumtlnetwork.com

A little more about us

Our work

Working Committees

We create spaces for key members to work together to address priority areas: Homelessness, Children in Care, Youth, Education and Employability, Health, Justice, Art and Culture, and Communications.

Members

Our members are community members, volunteers, nonprofit organizations, governments and institutions, and some businesses. Engagement levels vary from member to member; from actively participating on a Working Committee, to attending Gatherings and events, and interacting with our community Newsletter.

projects

Over the last decade, the NETWORK has brought to fruition a number of high impact projects, including: the creation of the First Peoples' Justice Centre of Montreal, the Indigenous Ally Toolkit, many research projects, and much more.

Gatherings

In that time, we have been hosting seasonal gatherings aimed to inform Community Members on projects, initiatives and news. The most recent gathering was around "Research and Reconciliation", to engage Community Members about how they want research to be done about them: by and for community.

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Indigenous Ally Toolkit

Do you want to keep learning? Here is a great place to start! Learn the how you can become a (better) ally: the do’s and don’ts, the vocabulary and much more.

Since launching the toolkit, we have been overwhelmed by requests from allies and aspiring-allies of more than 10,000 copies! We are committed to widely distributing our Indigenous Ally Toolkit and making it as accessible as possible! 

 

With appreciation from our team,
Leilani Shaw, Dakota Swiftwolfe, Brooke Wahsontiiostha Deer, and Allison Reid

The NETWORK is here to connect

“Our community and allies connect.
Across topics.
Across issues.
Across sectors.
Across understandings.
Across perspectives.”

Employment

Our partners and members are always searching for Indigenous people with various skillsets, talents, and attributes. Search our list of employment opportunities and find the right job for you!

Events

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Resources

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a few statistics about

The Urban Indigenous Community

across canada

– Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study (2010)

1 %
Consider their city "home"
1 %
of indigenous organizations are members of the NETWORK.
1 %
believe that Indigenous people are the only true experts of their lives.

FAQ

The NETWORK's most frequently asked questions and answers

The NETWORK was created in 2008 by the Indigenous community to bring together and support the ecosystem of all the groups and individuals committed to improving the quality of life of the urban Indigenous population living in Tiohtiá:ke (Montreal).

You can email us at info@reseaumtlnetwork.com and let us know how you’d like to get involved: volunteering, partnerships, membership, events, and more. 

No, the NETWORK is not a funding source. On the other hand, we exist to create links between Indigenous groups/people and allies who can potentially support them. So, if you are an Indigenous entrepreneur, Indigenous business or Indigenous nonprofit organization, send us an email ! (And if you have funds to support these individuals and groups, contact us too!)

Not necessarily. If you’re a non-Indigenous person or group, take a look at the documents below before starting a project for Indigenous Peoples:

Then, if you feel its appropriate, reach out to us and we will see if its beneficial and a priority for the community !

Become a volunteer, donate, and educate yourself and those around you. Changing systems, perspectives, and attitudes takes time and dedication. Join us !

Thank you for investing in us!

We thank you for your in-kind and financial support in 2018 - 2019

Our Team

Leilani Shaw

Communications

Dakota Swiftwolfe

Events & projects

Brooke Wahsontiiostha Deer

community needs

Allison Reid

Coordination