LAO Board seeking members for appointment to the Aboriginal Issues Advisory Committee

Posted on: Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Board of Directors of Legal Aid Ontario (the "LAO Board") is seeking qualified individuals from across Ontario for appointment to the Aboriginal Issues Advisory Committee. Legal Aid Ontario ("LAO") has eight advisory committees. The advisory committees provide input and advice to the LAO Board to support LAO's annual strategic and business planning process. The committees are intended to function as an expert panel to advise the LAO Board.

Role of Committee Members:

  1. Report to the Board on any issues, including operational issues that affect access to justice for low-income Ontarians or that may feed into or inform the development of longer-term strategic and business planning;
  2. Review and provide input on proposed service priorities and initiatives that are being considered for inclusion in the next LAO business plan;
  3. Members are appointed as individuals and not as representatives of any particular agency or group.

Successful Appointees will have some or all of the following attributes:

  1. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  2. Awareness of Aboriginal peoples and issues in Ontario and first hand knowledge of Aboriginal culture is an asset;
  3. Previous or current experience working with Aboriginal people, organizations and communities;
  4. First hand knowledge and experience with the legal aid system or another public areas that deliver and provide services to Aboriginal people and/or communities;
  5. Knowledge and advocacy skills in criminal and family areas of law;


  1. Appointments and re-appointments to advisory committees are made every two years by the LAO Board.
  2. Advisory committee meetings are held twice a year - in the spring and in the fall at LAO's provincial office in Toronto. Meetings are generally 2 hours long. Committee members will to be reimbursed for their reasonable meeting expenses in accordance with LAO policies.

How to apply:

Please provide a letter of interest to the LAO Board by March 6th, 2009. Your letter should include:

  • An indication of why you are interested in serving on the Aboriginal Issues Advisory Committee;
  • A brief biographical sketch - with reference to any background or expertise that would be likely to assist the committee in its work;
  • Your contact information.

*Please note that although members are appointed as individuals and not as representatives of any particular agency or group, the LAO Board welcomes and will consider references from Aboriginal organizations, agencies, service providers and communities in appointing the Aboriginal Issues Advisory Committee members.

Please send your letter to:
Attn: Ms. Stephanie Mealing, Executive Assistant to the Chair
Legal Aid Ontario
Atrium on Bay,
40 Dundas Street West, Suite 200,
Toronto, ON M5G 2H1

For more information or questions regarding the Aboriginal Justice Strategy please contact