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Coalition of Hamilton Indigenous Leadership

Improving Indigenous Services. Advancing Indigenous Voices.

CHIL is a collaborative of Indigenous organizational leaders founded on respect and wisdom. We respond to the needs of our community and support our member agencies by improving resources and advancing Indigenous voices in Hamilton.

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Join the Discussions

March 21 - 25, 2022

Share your ideas in person at upcoming Indigenous community events and online by joining virtual sessions starting March 21st, 2022.

Links to Resources 

Click below to download information on food and homelessness support.

COVID-19 Meals and Drop-In Card

Good to Know

Information about meals and drop-in information for the Hamilton Indigenous community.

Homelessness Resources

Important Info

Services Available for Those Experiencing Homelessness in Hamilton During COVID-19

COVID-19 Indigenous Call Centre Now Open

905-549-4884 ext. 416

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Niwasa Kendaaswin Teg has established a culturally safe, centralized call centre to connect Indigenous residents in Hamilton to local and government resources available to them. Call centre navigators will support individuals and families based on their identified need.

Some examples of supports: food support, housing, legal supports, emergency benefits, mental health and supports available through various Indigenous agencies in Hamilton.

Navigators will support families in completing applications and create warm transfers with service providers.

Click below for more information on COVID-19 in Indigenous languages.

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Our Vision - A vibrant, healthy, inclusive, and culturally safe community.

Coalition of Hamilton Indigenous Leadership's mission is as a collective of Indigenous service providers, we work to decrease barriers and increase equitable access to services and programs for Hamilton's Indigenous community.

Our Values:

LOVE - We demonstrate our love through kindness, compassion and empathy in how we relate to, and understand the needs of others.

RESPECT - We demonstrate respect by abiding by the policies and procedures that govern our work with the organization, and in how we communication with others.

HONESTY - We practice honesty in our chosen actions in how we perform our job duties.

HUMILITY - We show humility in how we relate to one another, and in our chosen behaviours.

BRAVERY - We demonstrate bravery when we communicate a need, address a concern, or alert an inequity to your supervisor or manager.

WISDOM - We strive for wisdom by thinking through our chosen actions and behaviours carefully before committing to them.

TRUTH - We strive for truth as influenced by the Haudenosaunee concept of Ganigonhi:oh ('The Good Mind') in which we mindfully produce thoughts to be ethically moral, aware, peaceful, and loving.

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"A single twig breaks, but the bundle of twigs is strong."


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Our Partners


De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre

678 Main St E, Hamilton, ON L8M 1K2

Constance McKnight, Director


Hamilton Regional Indian Centre

34 Ottawa St N, Hamilton, ON L8H 3Y7

Audrey Davis, Director


Sacajawea Non-Profit Housing

 370 Main St E Unit 200, Hamilton, ON L8N 1J6

Melanie McAulay, Director


Native Women's Centre

1900 King Street, Hamilton, ON L8K 1W0

Paula Whitlow, Director



50 Generations Drive, 2nd Floor
4th Line, Six Nations Corner, ON 
N0A 1M0

Jay Shawana, Director


Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services

Toll Free: 1-866-391-1061

Justin Marchand, Director


McMaster University

1280 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8



Mohawk College

135 Fennell Ave W, Hamilton, ON L9C 0E5


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Our Story

History & Background

The Hamilton Executive Directors’ Coalition has existed for over twenty years, starting up in the mid 1990’s. This once informal coalition came together to work more collaboratively as urban Indigenous service providers. It’s purpose is to strengthen the voice of Hamilton’s urban Indigenous community through the leadership of the participating member agencies, to share resources with one another and work together on funding opportunities.

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Our Work

Making A Difference for the Indigenous Community of Hamilton

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Health Clinic

Reinforcing our Commitment

Homeless Outreach

One Step at a Time

Food Donation Drop-Off

Helping The Community

Our Team

Cindy Sue Montana McCormack

Acting Executive Director

Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm

Pete Doolittle

Reaching Home Project Lead

Yvonne Maracle

Community Coordinator

Tristan Maclaurin

Resources Coordinator

Alison Miller

Administrative Assistant

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Coalition of Hamilton Indigenous Leadership @ The Cotton Factory Co-Work Space

Get in touch with Coalition of Hamilton Indigenous Leadership to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.

270 Sherman Ave North Suite 301 Hamilton ON

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