The primary objective of YÉN:TENE is to improve access to justice for Indigenous people in Hamilton and surrounding communities.
In 2013 we started a collaborative journey with Indigenous agencies and networks to build relationships of respect and trust. We are committed to providing culturally respectful and appropriate legal services to Indigenous clients.
The lead for this initiative is Lyndon George, the Clinic’s Indigenous Justice Coordinator. Lyndon is an Ojibway member of the Kettle and Stoney Point First Nations. Please contact Lyndon about our services and to learn more about YÉN:TENE: cell: 289-680-4544; office: 905-527-4572.
A “Welcoming Ceremony” took place May 15, 2014 at the Celebration of Growth Community Social. We were honoured to be presented with an eagle feather during the Ceremony. It is available, as needed, by those who use our services.
We are humbled to have been guided in our work for five years by a community Advisory Committee. We thank the following for sharing their wisdom and support:
Elder Elize Hartley, Métis Women’s Circle
Susan Barberstock, Hamilton Regional Indian Centre
Sandi Bell, Board Member, Hamilton Community Legal Clinic
Cat Cayuga, Community Legal Worker, Hamilton Community Legal Clinic
Cindilee Ecker-Flagg, Native Women’s Centre
Cindy-Sue McCormack, Social Planning & Research Council of Hamilton
Nathan Muir, Community Youth Member
Vern Nawagesic, City of Hamilton
Trish Patrick, Circle of Care
Tara Williams, De dwa de dehs nye>s
Laura Workman, Native Women’s Centre
The Clinic’s 2017 report on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is called A Journey to ReconciliAction – Calls to Action Report. It contains sixteen recommendations that address 14 Calls to Action that apply to the Clinic’s work which are contained within the TRC’s report released in 2015.