Aboriginal Justice Strategy

About the strategy

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has developed an Aboriginal Justice Strategy (AJS) to improve legal aid services to Aboriginal people, including First Nation people, Métis people and Inuit people, regardless of whether they live on or off-reserve, are status or non-status or live in rural or urban contexts.

The mandate of LAO's Aboriginal Justice Strategy (AJS) is to establish a plan to achieve measurable improvements in service to Aboriginal people.

More about the AJS


Community resources

Fact sheets

Aboriginal Justice Strategy

The Aboriginal Justice Strategy (AJS) is an initiative by Legal Aid Ontario to expand access to justice and increase LAO’s ability to respond to local needs of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit clients and communities.

Legal Aid and First Nations, Métis and Inuit Clients

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) provides legal assistance and advice for low-income Ontarians. A large part of LAO’s work and outreach efforts focuses on Aboriginal people and their communities. If you self-identify as an Aboriginal person who is in need of legal assistance, we can help.

Aboriginal Self-Identification Question

Every client of Legal Aid Ontario is asked “Do you wish to self-identify as Aboriginal, such as First Nation, Métis or Inuit?”


Gladue refers to a right First Nation, Métis and Inuit have under the law. It means that every criminal court in Canada is required to take into consideration an Aboriginal person’s background and alternatives to jail when someone is being sentenced for a crime.



Aboriginal reports

Community resources