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Our Story

Anishnabeg Outreach is an incorporated non-profit organization guided by a volunteer Board of Directors.  We work primarily with the non-profit sector and are guided by a clear mission and set of values. We provide Aboriginal people with access to culturally appropriate services and strive to support individuals with direction and assistance to overcome barriers. We encourage individual exploration of avenues that will lead to self-sufficiency and success.

Our team is multi-disciplinary and promotes a holistic approach to life long career decision making.

Formerly known as the O-GI (OFIFC-GREAT) Initiative (which signified the partnership between the OFIFC and Grand River Employment and Training), the Apatisiwin Programme is a new initiaitve with the goal "to provide opportunities for urban Aboriginal people of Ontario to better their economic lives through culturally based services in an employment focused partnership environment."  

Anishnabeg Outreach is also an Employment Ontario provider.

Anishnabeg Outreach Vision Statement
Build processes and tools that will position current and future FNMI generations as prosperous leaders and strategic partners in Canada’s future.

Anishnabeg Outreach Mission Statement
To offset colonial/conventional systems and practices that have marginalized First Nations, Metis and Inuit by creating a sustainable and comprehensive suite of centralized wrap around services for urban FNMI and to establish AO as an innovative hub/heart of best practices for economic development, training and employment on reserves.

Our History

1996 - Established in Kitchener ON. as a Heavy Equipment Training Site
1998 - Guelph site opened funded by Trillium Foundation
1999 - Sponsored by NPAAMB

2000 - Chosen as O-GI Pilot Project Site
2001 - Incorporated as a not for profit agency
2005 - Designated Charitable Organization

2005 – 2017 Established a reputation as an employment service delivery organization for urban Indigenous as well as resource for non-Indigenous organizations to obtain contacts

March 2017 - Developed a strategic partnership with NPAAMB
November 2017 - Hired a new Executive Director – Stephen Jackson who has taken innovative steps toward transforming our Mission and Mandate reflecting new directions and improving services
December 2017 -Added Shane Durham, CPA CA to our Board of Directors to improve our financial oversight. He is now serving as our Treasurer

January 2018 - Adopted a 5 year strategic plan
February 2018 - AO began its search for a new headquarters
March 2018 - First 5 year plan was mostly complete. Revamped and enhanced 10 year strategic plan was developed to include an expanded mandate that provides for the creation and development of an Urban Indigenous Hub engaging with wrap around services and innovative economic development, training and employment plans for reserve-based Indigenous communities

March 2018 - Bold new for profit initiative and partnership with AO Home Services and its new website (aohome.ca) launched
March 2018 - Established a fresh look with new logos and rebranded for a bright future and new direction
March 2018 - Awarded funding from Region of Waterloo for the establishment of an Indigenous Early Years Centre
May 2018 - AO hired three new employment counsellors, Shannon Brower and Heather Majaury in their Kitchener location and welcomed back John Small to their Guelph Location
May 2018 - Relaunched an enhanced Indigenous consulting service to enable organizations to better interact with Indigenous people and culture
June 2018 - Launch of our new aocan.org website which describes our new service offerings
July 2018 - Scheduled to launch AO Charity Network to raise funds for Indigenous programming and scholarships
August 2018 - Scheduled to launch AO Early Years Centre
September 2018 - Transformation of our Employment Ontario tools and processes which includes automating and updating our employment services to be a state of the art one stop shop with easily accessible resources on line to help with resume development, interviewing skills and powerful job search and preparation
October 2018 - Planned Launch of a Talent Management Consulting Service to provide best practice programs for local organizations who partner with our Employment agency

Board of Directors

Tammy Webster

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Luane Roberts

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Deanna Anene

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Michael Seymour

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R Shawnana

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Shane Durham

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   Stephen Jackson    

Direct: (226) 972-1900

   Carmen Taylor    

Office: 519-763-5292

Employment Counsellor
   John Small    

Phone: 519-763-5292

Employment Counsellor
   Shanyn Brower   

Email: shanyn@aocan.org
Phone: 519-742-0300

Employment Counsellor
   Heather Majaury   

Email: heather@aocan.org
Phone: 519-742-0300


Office: 519-742-0300

We are proud to provide services in multiple locations in Ontario:

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