Providing Legal Assistance

Our Clients

NALSC Legal Aid helps low-income people 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 an Area Director, a Legal Aid Coordinator, two Legal Aid 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. However 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-reserve, or off-reserve, you can apply for Legal Aid in the following ways:
Call us at the Thunder Bay Office: (807) 622-1413 or Toll Free 1-800-465-5581.
Or you can Contact one of our “Community Legal Worker’s” (CLW) serving your community:

Jacob Mekanak
Tel: (807) 622-1413
Cell: (807)630-9503
Fax: (807) 344-6904
Toll Free: 1-800-465-5581
Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services
1805 Arthur Street E., Unit100, Thunder Bay, ON P7E 2R6
Bearskin Lake, Cat Lake, New Slate Falls, Sachigo Lake, North Caribou Lake (Weagamow)

Don Sainnawap
Tel: (807) 737-5201
Cell: (807) 738-5076
Fax: (807) 737-7297
Toll Free: 1-800-465-5581
56 Front Street, Upper Floor, Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B8
Kasabonika Lake, Kingfisher Lake, Wapekeka, Wawakapewin, Wunnumin Lake

Lloyd Comber
Tel: (807) 467-3225
Cell: (807) 464-3065
Fax: (807) 467-2761
Toll Free: 1-800-465-5581
308 Second Street South Suite 6, Kenora, ON P9N 1G4
Big Trout Lake, Muskrat Dam, Lac Seul

Robert Ostamas
Tel: (807) 622- 1413
Cell: (807) 632- 6339
Fax: (807) 344- 6904
Toll Free: 1- 800- 465- 5581
1805 Arthur Street E. Unit 101, Thunder Bay, ON P7E 2R6
Eabametoong, Webequie, Nibinimak, Ogoki Post, Neskantaga

Evangeline Meekis
Cell: (807) 464- 5599
Toll Free: 1-800-465-5581
Sandy Lake, Deer Lake, Keewaywin, MacDowell Lake, North Spirit Lake, Poplar Hill

Stella Kiokee-Koostachin
Tel: (705) 997-1285
Fax: (705) 997-7234
Toll Free: 1-800-465-5581
P.O. Box 152, Attawapiskat, ON, P0L 1A0
Attawapiskat, Fort Albany, Kashechewan, Peawanuk

Roberta Wesley
Tel: (705) 463-1155
Cell: (705) 373-2100
Fax: (705) 463-2255
Toll Free: 1-800-465-5581
37 Wawaskashoo, P.O. Box 236, Constance Lake, ON P0L 1B0
Aroland, Constance Lake, Ginoogaming, Hornepayne, Long Lake #58

Jackie Edwards
Tel: (705) 268-5544
Cell: (705) 221- 1112
Fax: (705) 268-5682
Toll Free: 1-800-465-5581
119 Pine Street S., Suite 210, Timmins, ON P4N 2K3
Takway Tagmou, Wahgoshig, Moose Factory, Moosonee

Madeline Kioke
Tel: (705) 268- 5544
Cell: (705) 221- 1113
Fax: (705) 268- 5682
Toll Free: 1- 800- 465- 5581
119 Pine Street S., Suite 210, Timmins, ON P4N 2K3
Beaverhouse, Brunswick House, Chapleau Ojibway, Chapleau Cree, Matachewan, Mattagmi

Darlene Suggashie
Cell : (807) 620-5441
Toll Free: 1- 800- 465- 5581
Pikangikum, ON P0V 2L0

Angus Miles
Cell : (807) 212-5948
Toll Free: 1- 800- 465- 5581
Fort Severn, ON POV 1W0
Fort Severn

Updated May 2, 2022

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.

The Panel of Lawyers is listed by area or region:

NALSC – Northcentral Criminal Lawyer’s Panel 2022

NALSC – Northeast Criminal-Family Panel 2022

NALSC – Northwestern Criminal Panel Kenora 2022

NALSC- Sioux Lookout/ Dryden/ Lac Seul Criminal and Family Panel 2022

Updated May 2, 2022

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.