MANY THANKS TO OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council would like to acknowledge the dedication and support of the urban Indigenous community and our TASSC Member Organizations as we continue to grow as the leading community-based research, non-profit policy development and advocacy organization for the First Nations. Inuit, and Métis people living in the GTA.
The Toronto Aboriginal Research Project (TARP) Report is the largest and most comprehensive study of Indigenous people in Toronto ever conducted. With a sample of over 1,400 individuals, 14 topics studied and seven methodologies utilized, the TARP Report provides an important picture of the current situation, aspirations, and challenges facing Indigenous people in the Greater Toronto Area.
TORONTO ABORIGINAL SUPPORT SERVICES COUNCIL (TASSC)
TASSC is the leading not-for-profit research, policy, and advocacy organization that addresses the social determinants of health to improve and enhance the socio-economic prospects and cultural well-being of Aboriginal peoples living in the City of Toronto.
To build a healthy and vibrant environment while increasing the capacity of Aboriginal people to create a self-sufficient community in Toronto. To guide future generations as strong carriers of Aboriginal culture while achieving socio-economic success.
TASSC is the successor organization to an informal group of Aboriginal executives called the Toronto Aboriginal Social Services Association (TASSA). Established in the mid-1990s, TASSA met to collectively raise the issues of Aboriginal peoples in the City of Toronto and to share information across organizations. In 2009, TASSA commissioned the Toronto Aboriginal Research Project (TARP) Report, the largest and most comprehensive study ever conducted of Aboriginal peoples in Toronto.
In May 2011, TASSA incorporated and became TASSC, a name more suited to the services TASSC’s member organizations provide. TASSC released the TARP: Final Report in November 2011, which is important because it provides a picture of the current situation, aspirations, and challenges facing Aboriginal peoples in the City of Toronto. One of TASSC’s objectives is to implement the report’s recommendations though consultation and collaboration.
LEADERSHIP IN ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH
TASSC will assume a facilitator and stewardship role in Aboriginal community-based research, using findings to influence policy changes.
ADVANCING ABORIGINAL ISSUES THROUGH POLICY
TASSC will act as a collective voice for its member organizations. Our message will be determined through collaborative discussion.
ENHANCING CAPACITY OF ABORIGINAL ORGANIZATIONS
TASSC will assist in succession planning activities with its member organizations. Ensuring continuity is key. We will create mentoring opportunities for students from universities and colleges at our member organizations.
ENSURING A RESILIENT ORGANIZATION
TASSC will continuously strengthen the organization by increasing membership, sharing our knowledge and our history, engaging the Aboriginal community, and developing relationships and partnerships.
ASSOCIATE MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS
Native Canadian Centre of Toronto
Native Child and Family Services of Toronto
Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training
Native Men's Residence
2 Spirited People of the 1st Nations
Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto