MNO Advocacy Program

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Community Wellbeing Branch is pleased to offer a variety of services through the MNO Advocacy Program. The MNO Advocacy Program is a comprehensive and culturally responsive program designed to address the needs of Métis citizens and communities through a restorative justice approach. Grounded in the principles of healing, accountability, and community engagement, this program aims to foster reconciliation, restore relationships, and promote holistic well-being within Métis communities.

Restorative justice, as implemented in the Métis context, is a philosophy that recognizes the unique history, culture, and needs of the Métis people. It acknowledges the deep interconnections between individuals, families, and communities, and seeks to repair the harm caused by criminal behaviour or conflicts through inclusive and meaningful processes.  

To contact the MNO Advocacy Program, please email: or call 1-800-263-4889 Ext. 7

It is important to note that the MNO Advocacy Program cannot provide legal advice, nor can we cover any legal costs.

Métis Community Justice Program

Through workshops, seminars, and accessible resources, we aim to increase awareness and comprehension of legal rights, responsibilities, and processes. By fostering legal literacy among Métis people, our Métis Community Justice Program strives to strengthen the ability of MNO citizens and communities to engage in informed decision-making, protect their interests, and promote access to justice.

Métis Court Worker Program

This program is available to clients going to court in Region 8 (Brampton, Oshawa, Newmarket, Toronto courts) and can facilitate in-court and out-of-court support to clients faced with criminal or family law matters. The Métis Court Worker cannot provide legal advice but can provide information to clients about their charges, rights, and options; attend court with clients in a supportive capacity; create bail release plans; and act as an advocate on the client’s behalf. The Métis Court Worker Program can also refer clients to further appropriate resources for their matter or individual needs.

Gladue Aftercare Program

This program, facilitated by the Gladue Aftercare Coordinator, is available to individuals with recent or current involvement in the criminal justice system.  The program supports individuals who have undergone diversion, have recently been incarcerated, or who have recently been in contact with the criminal justice system by offering culturally-relevant action plans.  Action Plans act as a structured roadmap for individuals to address the underlying issues that may have contributed to their involvement in the criminal justice system and can include goals, strategies, and resources to support healing, rehabilitation, and reintegration into the community.

Métis Community Diversion Program

The Métis Nation of Ontario’s Community Diversion Program is an initiative aimed at promoting healing, reconciliation, and community well-being within Ontario Métis communities. The program is designed to address the harms caused by criminal offences and to provide an alternative to the traditional criminal justice system.

Restorative justice focuses on repairing the harm done to individuals, families, and communities by addressing the underlying causes of criminal behaviour and facilitating dialogue between the offender, victim, and community. The Métis Nation of Ontario’s program adopts a culturally responsive approach to restorative justice, incorporating Métis traditions, values, and customs.

Through the program, the Métis Nation of Ontario seeks to empower Métis individuals who have been involved in the criminal justice system, as well as their families, by providing support, guidance, and opportunities for personal growth and rehabilitation. The program encourages active participation from all parties involved in the restorative justice process and promotes accountability, understanding, and healing. The program also collaborates with various community organizations, justice agencies, and government entities to ensure a holistic and comprehensive approach to restorative justice.

By embracing restorative justice principles, the Métis Nation of Ontario aims to foster a stronger sense of community, promote the well-being of individuals and families, reduce recidivism rates, and contribute to a more just and equitable society. The program recognizes the importance of cultural identity, community connections, and healing as essential components in the process of restoring harmony and balance within Métis communities in Ontario.

To volunteer with the Métis Community Diversion Program, please email

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Updated: April 16, 2024