The Indigenous Directory of Services in Toronto contains useful information on how to navigate and find services for Indigenous peoples in the city of Toronto. This information can be critical if people are facing stressful conditions, survival concerns such as homelessness, protection, food access, clothing, health and more. Similar services can be found for Indigenous or non-Indigenous persons in situation of social support. Specifically,  the homelessness experience is transformed into home for more services by connecting service users with community agencies, programs, important information and support.

This tool was designed from Dr. Suzanne Stewart’s research on homelessness at the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.

This Indigenous Directory is a community service and a research project simultaneously. In research on how to navigate city’s services, it was found that there is a gap between agencies and users. One of the main concerns found was the lack of specific, actualized and practical information on services for Indigenous and non-Indigenous homeless in the city of Toronto.

Additionally this initiative seeks to bridge some of the barriers that isolation and individual agency’s programming are facing to reach effectively Indigenous community in the city. The Indigenous Directory will create an space where agency’s program developers and policy makers can find feedback provided by Indigenous persons who inside a secure and safe way process, may openly and freely share their opinions and views on agencie’s services.  Feedback is not public and is only accessed by the administrator and agencies. This information is maintained privately to  protect user’s data and agencies.

 

For more information:

Juan Rodriguez

Administrative Research Coordination

Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health,

Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.

 

Research Projects, Membership for Agencies, General Inquiries:

 

 

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