WHO WE ARE
A gathering of Aboriginal Shelter representatives from Ontario took place February 7, 8 and 9th, 2011 in Toronto. This opportunity gave representatives a platform to think through unique ways to enhance their capacity to meet the needs of First Nation victims at the grass root level. This gathering was an awareness building exercise to help shelter representatives think “outside the box”. It also was the beginning of a unique opportunity for Aboriginal Shelters to share information, link directors to existing victim services throughout Ontario and explore new responses to VAAW. This gathering was the first step that allowed representatives to examine the gaps Ontario service providers face and how to close these gaps through a unified Organization.
The ASOO was initiated as a direct result of this meeting and the recommendations resulting from this gathering form the foundation of future direction of the ASOO.
The Aboriginal Shelters of Ontario Board of Directors will collaborate and support Organizations to work towards addressing and ending family violence by providing quality service incorporating traditional beliefs.
ASOO Board will maintain an atmosphere of openness, transparency, and honesty, respect our interconnectedness while valuing the diversity of traditional teachings across Ontario.