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The Montreal Indigenous community 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.

Our members include community & volunteers, nonprofit organizations, governments and institutions, and some businesses.

We help the ecosystem:

  1. Share information and transfer knowledge;
  2. Prioritize needs;
  3. Develop joint projects to address gaps and reduce duplications;
  4. Create and strengthen partnerships.
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NETWORK Gathering, Nov 2018

Learn more about the history of the NETWORK and how we’ve grown.

Meet the Indigenous community members who oversee our organization.

History of the NETWORK

Originally founded in 2008 as the Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy Network, the organization has since undergone an enormous transformation. Since its incorporation in 2019 as the Montreal Indigenous Community NETWORK (“the NETWORK”), the organization has been a key actor in supporting the ecosystem of individuals and groups committed to improving the quality of life of the Inuit, First Nations, and Metis communities living in the Greater Montreal. Our team has grown from 4 to 17 and the NETWORK has launched many Working Committees to strengthen partnership, identify priority needs for the community and develop joint projects that address gaps in services for Indigenous organizations and individuals in Montreal:
  1. Art and culture 
  2. Employability and education 
  3. Health 
  4. Youth in foster care
  5. Homelessness
  6. Justice
  7. Food Security
  8. Covid-19 Community Response Group

Our working committee acted as hubs for :

  • the creation of The First People Justice Center
  • the creation of the Mamu Employment fair
  • the creation of a strategy for the Cabot Square Project
  • Sector-wide trainings of over 100 front-line workers offerings services to Indigenous people in Montréal
  • Montreal-wide food-security program for low-income Indigenous people under the COVID-19 pandemic
 
The NETWORK offers a stimulating, positive, collaborative, and respectful work environment where you can develop and build upon your pre-existing skills and expertise.
 
We pride ourselves on offering excellent working conditions, such as: extensive team support, flexible work hours, wellness days, cross-training (learn new skills!). Also, coming in summer 2021 will be a group benefits plan and a group RRSP plan. Our team strives to make important decisions respectfully and, whenever possible, collectively; we aim to recruit individuals who are willing to embrace this type of work environment. Above all, we are looking for individuals who are team-oriented, collaborative, motivated, and able/willing to perform a wide range of tasks on many projects.

In October 2006 at the First Nations Socioeconomic Forum, the «Regroupement des centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec» proposed a partnership with the Canadian Federal Government and the Provincial Government of Quebec to “determine the specific needs of Aboriginal people living away from their communities” through conducting a needs assessment of the Montreal urban Aboriginal community.

As a result, the needs assessment was initiated by the «Regroupement des centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec» and carried out by Organizational Development Services (ODS) from December 2006 to March 2007. In 2008, the needs assessment was released and titled “Needs Assessment of the Aboriginal People in the Urban Setting of Montreal”. The main recommendation of the assessment was:

That all groups come together in an open forum and just meet, reconnecting with one another for the sole purpose of getting to know what and who is out there for them, making connections/contacts, allowing the people to discuss and determine what they want to achieve and how they want to do it, and given the proper support to carry this out.

Shortly after the needs assessment was released, the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal met with the City of Montreal to discuss organizing a community event to share the results with the community and provide the opportunity to have an in-depth conversation to allow for a better understanding on how to effectively work together to address the identified needs. It is within this context that the Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy Network (NETWORK) was created. The NETWORK is comprised of voluntary sector groups, volunteers and government officials who work towards the vision to improve the quality of life of the Aboriginal population living in the greater Montreal area.

Following the community meeting led by the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal, the NETWORK was established and determined that it would function based on the following interventions spheres:

– ART●CULTURE
– Communications
– Employability and Education
– Health
– Social Services
– Youth

Working Committees were created for each of these intervention spheres to allow for expertise to lend their knowledge on better ways of addressing the specific area. As such, to avoid duplication and allow for information sharing, a Steering Committee was created on which sits one representative per Working Committee and one member from each level of government.

The Government of Canada, through the Urban Aboriginal Strategy lent its support in collaboration with the Aboriginal community and local organizations, municipal and provincial governments and with the private sector to build on the work began by the needs assessment.

These partnerships helped to develop the capacity to enable the community to better address locally identified priorities.

Board of Directors

The role of the Board of Directors is to maintain the vision and integrity of the NETWORK. Their work is carried out in the best interests of the organization and with the desire to collaborate and maintain reciprocal alliances with our partners and members. 

Since its incorporation, the NETWORK has successfully maintained Indigenous leadership on its Board of Directors. Indigenous governance is fundamental to the vitality and success of the NETWORK. As we move towards greater Indigenous sovereignty in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, it is essential that the NETWORK ensures that Indigenous communities are leading the future in a positive direction.

Tealey Ka’senni:saks Normandin

Kanien’kehá:ka from Kahnawà:ke

 

Samuel Rainville

Innu from Pessamit

 

Clara Halliday 

Treaty 5, Tataskweyak Cree Nation 

Kahawíhson Autumn Horne 

Kanien’kehá:ka from Kahnawà:ke 

Morning Star Fayard

Cree Nation of Mistissini – James Bay

Gail Chamberlain

Anishnaabe from Wikwemikong