Media Advisory - Native Child and Family Services of Toronto would like to invite Media to the Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council's (TASSC) Release of a Major Study on Aboriginal Peoples in Toronto

What: The Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council (TASSC) Releases Major Study on Aboriginal Peoples In Toronto

Where: 30 College Street, Toronto, ON  M5G 1K2 (1/2 a block west of Yonge Street on north side of College Street)

When: Friday, October 28, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - The Toronto Aboriginal Research Project (TARP) is the largest and most comprehensive study of Aboriginal people in Toronto ever conducted.  With a sample of over 1,400 individuals, 14 topics studied and seven methodologies utilized, the TARP study provides an extensive picture of the current situation, successes, aspirations, and challenges facing Aboriginal people in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).  The study examined such diverse topics as: poverty and social services, the Aboriginal middle class, the two-spirited community, Aboriginal youth, women, men and seniors, housing and homelessness, culture and identity, the Aboriginal arts scene, law and justice and urban Aboriginal governance. The TARP study is also unique in that it is a community-based research initiative that has been overseen from start to finish by the Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council (TASSC) in collaboration with the TARP Research Steering Committee. The TARP has resulted in a 400 page Final Report with 54 recommendations.

The study discovered that overall two Aboriginal communities exist in Toronto - a "middle class" community composed of well educated and economically successful Aboriginal individuals who reside all over the GTA and a large group who have not been able to attain a stable economic existence and who are characterized by poverty, lack of stable housing, physical and mental health problems, a reliance on social services and high rates single parent families and unemployment.  A number of Aboriginal social service agencies have made great strides in providing culturally-based services to meet the needs of the latter group. The research also discerned that Aboriginal culture was an important aspect of individuals lives and that a viable arts and culture scene exists in Toronto.

The Toronto Aboriginal Research Project (TARP) Final Report will be released on Friday, October 28, 11:00 am at Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, 30 College Street and will include statements from TASSC community leaders as well as a brief presentation from the research team of some of the key findings and recommendations.  Copies of the Final Report will be available.

SOURCE Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

For further information:

Julianna Vautour, Communications 

416.969.8510 ext. 3322 or

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