Developed in partnership with the Government of Ontario, the Métis Nation of Ontario and the Ontario Native Women's Association, the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres is pleased to announce the release of the Urban Indigenous Action Plan (UIAP). 

Armand Jourdain – President, OFIFC
The UIAP is a policy framework that sets out principles the Government of Ontario will adopt to developing policies and programs that impact urban Indigenous communities. It also outlines how the Government of Ontario will engage and build relationships with urban Indigenous governments, organizations, and communities in an authentic and respectful way.
In Ontario, 85.5% of Indigenous people live off-reserve in urban or rural settings. Urban Indigenous communities often have limited access to culturally-appropriate programming. Further investments from the provincial government are necessary for urban Indigenous communities to thrive and build on the existing successes of Indigenous-led programming and supports.  
The Urban Indigenous Action Plan is a step towards the goal of healthy, thriving urban Indigenous communities. We look forward to working with our partners and the Government of Ontario on moving forward with this plan.
 
Sylvia Maracle – Executive Director, OFIFC
The Urban Indigenous Action Plan (UIAP) was developed to address the growing need for urban Indigenous community input in policy development in Ontario.
This plan will be a tool for all ministries across the Government of Ontario to incorporate Indigenous expertise and knowledge in public policy development. It sets a benchmark for how the public sector will work collaboratively with urban Indigenous communities and organizations. It also commits the Government of Ontario to respect existing protocols and urban Indigenous governance approaches.
We are pleased to see this plan come to successful fruition and look forward to building partnerships across all of government, with this plan as the foundation of our working relationships.

Download the Urban Indigenous Action Plan here. 

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