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Aboriginal Students: Provincial and National Organizations and Resources

Selected Provincial Organizations and Governments

Innu Nation, an organization that represents the Innu of Labrador.

The Nunatsiavut Government, a regional Inuit government within NL that was established in 2005.  Nunatsiavut, the homeland of Labrador Inuit, is the first self-governing Inuit region in Canada.

The Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Band was officially established as a landless band under the Indian Act on September 26, 2011.

NunatuKavut Community Council, formerly known as the Labrador Metis nation, is the territory of the southern Inuit people of Labrador.

Miawpukek First Nation was officially established as a reserve under the Indian Act in 1987.

Mushuau Innu Band Council, located in Natuashish, NL (formerly located in Davis Inlet), is one of two Innu Band Councils in Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Sheshatshiu Innu Band Council, one of two Innu Band Councils in NL.  It is specifically located in Nitassinan, NL.

Selected National Organizations and Resources

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, a government of Canada department entrusted with supporting the Aboriginal population of the country relating to economic affairs; social well-being; community life; and political, social, and economic development.

Aboriginal Human Resource Council, which is concerned with the partiicpation of Aboriginal peoples in the Canadian workforce.

National Inuit Youth Council (NIYC), which is a collaborative organization focused on Inuit youth in this country.

Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) through Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat, an organization that develops and tables policy alternatives relevant to First Nations issues in Atlantic Canada and Quebec, as well as in Maine, USA.

Selected Provincial Service Delivery Organizations

The Newfoundland Aboriginal Women's Network, a non-profit organization located in Stephenville, NL that is dedicated to promoting and enhancing the well-being of Aboriginal women in Newfoundland.

The St. John's Native Friendship Centre, located at 716 Water Street in downtown St. John's, is a community-based, non-profit organization that offers numerous programs and services to Newfoundland's Aboriginal population.  It offers internet, printing, faxing, and photocopying services, as well as a number of programs, including: The Four Winds Aboriginal Youth Program and The Shanawdithit Shelter.

The Healing Journey's resources for Newfoundland and Labrador, including: family violence; legal aid; family mediation; victim assistance; and other resources and services. 

The Labrador Friendship Centre, located in Happy Valley - Goose Bay, Labrador, aims to enrich Aboriginal life in Labrador.  The Centre does this through the provision of a number of programs and services, including: facilities for educational training; housing support services; an Aboriginal family centre; and activities for seniors and children, among others.

Declaring Aboriginal Status

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada has created a list of resources dealing with declaring Indian status, including: eligibility requirements, application forms, benefits information, and a list of frequently asked questions and answers.