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Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee

The Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee's mandate is to provide advice to City Council on the elimination of barriers faced by First Nations, Inuit and Métis including barriers related to City by-laws, policies, programs and service delivery and to act as a liaison with external bodies on barriers to the participation of Aboriginal peoples in public life while advancing the achievement of social, cultural, economic and the spiritual wellbeing of First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

The City of Toronto continues its commitment to truth and reconciliation and supporting the Aboriginal right to self-determination by working inclusively with Aboriginal communities in Toronto to achieve equitable outcomes for Aboriginal peoples within their communities and in their day- to-day lives.


The Committee members are expected to:

  • Advise on strategies and actions required to achieve the City's truth and reconciliation objectives
  • Advise on the implementation of Council's policies impacting First Nations, Inuit and Métis
  • Provide its advice to City Council
  • Review the agenda and any accompanying materials
  • Attend and participate in all committee meetings
  • Attend and participate in any working groups, as required

Committee size and composition

The Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee is composed of 25 members with one Member of City Council. With the exception of the Member of City Council, Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee members are representatives of Aboriginal organizations and of the community at large.

Chair and vice chair

The committee elects two co-chairs at its first meeting or as soon as possible after.

Term of office

Public members are appointed for a four-year term, at pleasure of Council, coinciding with the term of City Council and serve until their successors are appointed.

The Advisory Committee will meet until the completion of its mandate or the end of the current City Council term, whichever comes first.


In addition to the general eligibility requirements set out in the Public Appointments Policy, members should collectively bring the following skills and expertise to the committee:

  • Strong knowledge of urban First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities, gained through personal or professional experience
  • Knowledge in one or more areas of Indigenous: service planning and delivery, employment, policy and procedure, business, built environment and public spaces
  • Experience in Indigenous governance, decision-making, communication and advocacy
  • Availability to participate in meetings during business hours


The committee will meet up to 6 times per year at the call of the Chair or Co-Chairs. Meetings take place during business hours and the duration of meetings is approximately half a day.


  • Public members of the Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee receive an honorarium of $125 per meeting attended, to the maximum number of meetings specified in the Terms of Reference for this advisory body.
  • Honoraria are not intended for members who serve on the Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee as representatives of organizations or businesses where they are employed.

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The current and historical Appointments for this body.

23 Vacancy
24 Vacancy
25 Vacancy

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City Council appointed 10 new members to this committee at its December 2021 meeting. Applications are always being accepted for future vacancies.