Our Story

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 Indigenous 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.

Mission Statement

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.

Value Statement

ASOO Board will maintain an atmosphere of openness, transparency, and honesty, respect our interconnectedness while valuing the diversity of traditional teachings across Ontario.

Organizational Objectives

  • To Identify and understand Family Violence issues impacting Indigenous communities.
  • To identify and develop strategies that address Indigenous Family Violence initiatives.
  • To monitor and collect data of Indigenous Family Violence trends. Further to communicate Indigenous Family Violence trends and issues.
  • The Board of Directors will annually review the performance of goals, reflection, terms of reference and bylaws of the organization.
  • To facilitate quality training to member shelters and other organizations who are working towards ending violence in our communities.
  • The Board of Directors will be accountable to our members and stakeholders.
  • The Board of Directors will strive to treat all members, stakeholders and participants equitably.

© ASOO 2019