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The Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre (Council Fire) was established in 1978 and incorporated on February 9, 1982.  Council Fire became a member of the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) on October 24, 1982. 

The centre’s founding directors are R. Gordon Byce, Margaret MacLeod, Clarence Decaire, Raphael Dokis, Carol Farkas, Larry Leong, Alastaire Paterson, Jacqueline Rosen, Dr. Larry Rosen, and Lydia Somers.

After three decades, Council Fire has not only taken its place in the city but has become a significant team player in the Greater Toronto Area. An indicator of success is the marked respect afforded to the Centre for the spirit of the work and support to the community. Council Fire is proud to say “it is an organisation that provides a listening ear and caring staff to help people close the gaps that otherwise may have put them at risk of falling through the cracks. This means that when people are searching for help they are not told what to do with their lives but are shown acceptance, love, respect, and support. Anyone who works in this environment can be proud of this accomplishment. The future is now! The ability for growth and development has no limitations. We need only to reflect on the foot prints of our past leaders and ensure that our path is consistent, our minds are open and our actions are based on those we serve”.

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