Providing Legal Assistance

Our Clients

NALSC Legal Aid helps low-income, with certain legal matters. NALSC Legal Aid has the authority to issue Legal Aid certificates to qualifying Community members from the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) First Nation communities in Northern Ontario.

LAO Area Office #48

Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Corporations (NALSC) is Area Office #48 for Legal Aid Ontario (LAO).

Our Staff

NALSC Legal Aid employs a Manger of Legal Services, Legal Aid Manager, Coordinator, Senior Assessment Officer, two Assessment Officers,  and a Legal Aid Office Assistant to serve the members of NAN.

NALSC Legal Aid also employs Community Legal Workers and provides an Advice Lawyer and Duty Counsel lawyers to help you.

What Kinds of Legal Matters are Covered?

NALSC Legal Aid assists  with legal matters on Criminal Law (if custody is probable), Family Law, Child Welfare, and some administrative law issues.

NALSC Legal Aid cannot assist with legal matters related to: civil law, employment law, human rights, housing or social assistance. You can contact a Community Legal Worker (CLW) for a referral.

How to Apply for Legal Aid

If you are a Nishnawbe Aski Nation Community member residing on-reservem or off-reserve, you can apply for Legal Aid Certificate by contacting our “Community Legal Worker’s” (CLW) serving your community:
Community Legal Workers Contact Information 2022

Or call the Thunder Bay Office: (807) 622-1413 or Toll Free 1-800-465-5581.

Advice Lawyer

NALSC Legal Aid offers Advice Lawyer services.

The Advice Lawyer provides brief service or short summary legal advice to qualifying First Nations members in the NAN Territory and their communities. This legal service applies only to questions for qualifying legal issues.

Advice Lawyer Hours

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday

1:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m. EST

Contact the Advice Lawyer

Visit our office at 1805 Arthur Street East, Unit 100
Call (807) 622-1413 or toll-free 1-800-465-5581


Duty Counsel

Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Legal Aid provides Duty Counsel – on the day before court day (Advance Day) and on the Court Day – to assist people who appear in Court without a lawyer.

Duty Counsel also assists people, in the community, by providing summary legal advice on a variety of legal issues.

Duty Counsel services include:

  • summary legal advice without a fee, and
  • assistance with legal and government forms.

Panel of Lawyers

NALSC's Legal Aid Department maintains a panel of Lawyers who participate in the Legal Aid Certificate Program and accept Legal Aid Certificates.