Native Canadian Centre of Toronto

Type: Historical Society

This organization seeks to provide services of a social, recreational, cultural, and spiritual nature. It seeks to honor Aboriginal knowledge and tradition, and to create and support a self-sufficient Native community in the Greater Toronto Area. It provide a variety of events, programs and projects in Aboriginal history and culture.


Public Programming:


Great Indian Bus Tour- Three-hour tour of pre-contact and historical landmarks illustrating the Indigenous presence in Toronto


The Toronto Native Community History Project (TNCHP)- revolves around three key components: popular education, resource centre, and youth involvement, and manifests itself in a variety of events and projects that rotate year round at the center (e.g., Full Moon Ceremonies put on by Anishinaabe Women / Grandmothers)


Dodem Kanonhsa’ Open Teachings at the Elder’s Cultural Facility (located at 55 St. Clair Avenue East)-The purpose of the Dodem Kanonhsa’ is to promote sharing and understanding of Aboriginal culture and its philosophies.

The Dodem Kanonhsa’ is open to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people with the hope that it will benefit intercultural relations, cross-cultural communication and understanding. The lodge allows for continuing the tradition, started by grandmothers and grandfathers, of oral teachings. Visiting elders and teachers are available throughout

Volunteer/Internship/Placement Opportunities:

Various opportunities onlong term projects and individual events. Contact Volunteer Coordinator for more information.

Address & Contact Information:

Native Canadian Centre of Toronto
16 Spadina Road
Toronto, Ontario
M5R 2S7

Dodem Kanonhsa Elder’s Cultural Facility
55 St. Clair Avenue East, 6th Floor
Toronto, ON
M4T 1M2

Phone: (416) 964-9087

Hours of Operation:

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 9 am to 8 pm

Thursday & Friday 9 am to 6 pm

Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

Key Words: aboriginal, culture