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About Anishnabeg Outreach

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.
Our Philosophy
Spirit building, partnership and proactive support.

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 help 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.

Anishnabeg Outreach Mandate
  • Create for profit companies
  • Transformation of Employment Organization
  • Setup Indigenous early years drop-in centre
  • Provide an Indigenous hub of services
  • Establish Indigenous partnerships
  • Establish Charity events
  • Indigenous Scholarships
  • Shop indigenous
  • Develop on-reserve jobs
  • Develop transitional urban housing

Our History

New in 2019 - Planned launch of  Talent Management Consulting Services to provide best practice programs for local organizations who partner with our Employment Agency.

January 2019 - AO adds Online Management System to support clients online with job searches, resume development and adult learning goals to work towards securing dream jobs and reach career objectives.

November 2018 - AO will launch the newly renovated AO Hub Space formally and celebrate our new location
September/October 2018 - AO renovates building to house Employment Centre, AO Early Years Family Centre and Hub.

September 2018 - AO adds a brand new state of the art Applicant Tracking System to support job seekers more efficiently & effectively

July 2018 - Scheduled to launch AO Charity Network to raise funds for Indigenous programming and scholarships
June 2018 - Launch of our new aocan.org website which describes our new service offerings
May 2018 - Relaunched an enhanced Indigenous consulting service to enable organizations to better interact with Indigenous people and culture
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
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

August 2018 - AO created a strategic alliance with Eastern Synod of the Lutheran Church
August 2018 - AO purchases building 236 Woodhaven Rd.
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

December 2017 -Added Shane Durham, CPA CA to our Board of Directors to improve our financial oversight. He is now serving as our Treasurer
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  
March 2017 - Developed a strategic partnership with NPAAMB

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

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

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

Board of Directors

Tammy Webster

Michael Seymour

Luane Roberts

Shane Durham

Roxane Shawana



   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

EarlyOn Facilitator
Child & Family Centre
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EarlyOn Facilitator
Child & Family Centre
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EarlyOn Facilitator
Child & Family Centre
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We are proud to provide services in multiple locations in Ontario:

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