About Us

APANO is an urban Indigenous organization mandated to support the social, cultural, health, and economic wellbeing of off reserve Status, Non-Status, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Ontario.

Our Mission

Our mission is to create universal and gender-specific, asset-based programs and services that support individuals and communities in attaining healthy mental, physical and spiritual development through the restoration and preservation of Indigenous Traditional Knowledge, languages and cultural practices.

Locations Served

Although our catchment area is broader, APANO currently serves six geographical areas:

  • The Districts of:
  • Cochrane
  • Timiskaming
  • Sudbury
  • Nipissing
  • Ottawa
  • James Bay

Delivery of services in eleven locations:

  • Cochrane
  • Moosonee
  • Chapleau
  • Sudbury
  • Kapuskasing
  • Renfrew
  • Foleyet
  • Kirkland Lake
  • Matheson
  • Iroquois Falls
  • Sturgeon Falls

Our History

APANO opened its door in 1983 and has grown into a strength-based organization that honors the intrinsic dignity, autonomy, and worth of each person. We value diversity, and promote and encourage the participation of all people in our activities to support cross-cultural understanding, acceptance, and awareness.

APANO has a well-developed financial and administrative infrastructure with qualified and experienced staff at the helm. We welcome accountability and over almost 40 years, have conducted our business with transparency. We choose to serve first, embracing our roles as servant leaders in our organization and our community.

We strive to become the benchmark for standards of excellence in serving our communities through innovation and initiative.

Leadership (Board of Directors)

APANO is governed by a Board of Directors who will guide and enhance the Indigenous administration and/or staff, and will provide oversight and expertise to the project. The Board is a diverse group of individuals with various Indigenous backgrounds of representation, and strive to provide a long term commitment to the growth of the organization, its partnerships and the people APANO serves. APANO’s Board members retain seats on municipal, regional and provincial boards to represent the needs of the people and communities within these areas.

Robert TyrerPresident
Robert is of Métis background and participates in supporting Aboriginal associations, groups and organizations to achieve their goals. Robert has been an APANO board member for approximately 25 years, and president for the past 6 years. Robert’s lifelong career in upper management, gives him the background to guide the strategic direction. His knowledge and perseverance to address barriers within are supported by this Board.
Burt McKenzieBoard Member, Elder
Burt has a lifelong career in mining and brings his work experience and knowledge to the table. Burt has spent the last 10 years involved with his First Nation, as an Elder, Knowledge Keeper and many terms representing the membership as Band Council member.
Doris LouttitBoard Member, Elder
Doris has a lifelong career advocating for Indigenous people and working many years as Executive Director of the Friendship Centre in Cochrane. Doris is a knowledge keeper who’s life experience keeps our organization rooted to its culture.