Kinna-aweya Legal Clinic Legal advice and assistance to residents of the District of Thunder Bay, particularly Aboriginal people, who need assistance with poverty law issues

About Us

The purpose of the legal clinic is to provide legal advice and assistance to residents of the District of Thunder Bay, particularly Aboriginal people, who need assistance with poverty law issues.

Our community legal clinic is an independent organization with an all-Aboriginal Board of Directors. We are funded by Legal Aid Ontario.

Our focus is on helping people get income maintenance benefits and maintain access to housing.

We also organize and present community legal education workshops and work with the community for organized, positive change.

We offer our services at no cost to people with low incomes who meet our financial eligibility guidelines.

The main areas of law that we deal with include:

Income maintenance – Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program, CPP Disability, Employment Insurance, Child Canada Benefit.

Tenant Rights

Assistance may be available for other areas of poverty law, such as Criminal Injuries Compensation, income tax returns, and completing applications.

Other services include in-person Tenant Duty Counsel services at Thunder Bay sittings of the Landlord & Tenant Board, Tenant Duty Counsel services for telephone hearings, Awenen Niin ID Bank, Human Rights Legal Support Centre office located in our Thunder Bay office, Thunder Bay Good Food Box host site, Family Duty Counsel lawyer available in our Geraldton and Marathon office, as scheduled.

“Kinna-aweya” is the Ojibway word meaning “Everyone”

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