The Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians (AIAI) is mandated as a Provincial Territorial Organization (PTO) to defend and enhance the Indigenous and treaty rights of our member First Nations.
A non-profit organization, AIAI was founded in 1969 in response to an era of oppressive policies and government practices attempting to assimilate and integrate First Nations peoples.
We provide political representation and policy analysis in areas that include health, social development, education, intergovernmental affairs, and treaty rights. We also work closely with other PTOs and the Assembly of First Nations to advocate for and advance our collective rights.
The Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians will enhance and protect the inherent rights, languages, cultures, lands and laws of its member Nations by:
- Empowering the peoples through building mutual respect and trust
- Educating the general public of our history, treaty(s) and other agreements
- Educating all levels of the federal and provincial government
- Advancing common positions
- Supporting the assertion of full jurisdiction
- Participating in regional and national assemblies and workshops
Supporting First Nations and Leadership
We, the original peoples of Turtle Island, knowing that the Creator placed us here as sovereign nations, will continue to exercise our full jurisdiction, in accordance to our own traditional laws and practices with respect to the land, water, air, fire and peoples.
We represent approximately 20,000 First Nations citizens from seven member communities. AIAI is unique among provincial associations because of the diversity of our members. We represent Oneida, Mohawk, Delaware, Potawatomi, and Ojibway communities from all across Ontario. While our communities may have different languages, cultural practices and a wide-spread geography, they are united through AIAI to collectively protect their Indigenous and Treaty rights.
Learn more about our Member Nations:
- Batchewana First Nation of Ojibways, near Sault Ste. Marie
- Caldwell First Nation, near Leamington
- Eelūnaapèewii Lahkèewiit (aka Delaware Nation), near Chatham
- Hiawatha First Nation – Mississaugas of Rice Lake, near Peterborough
- Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, near Belleville.
- Oneida Nation of the Thames, near London
- Wahta Mohawks, near Parry Sound