Location of Aboriginal Justice Strategy Programs in Canada
This map only depicts where Aboriginal Justice Strategy Programs are located. It does not represent the geographic reach of the programs.
The Aboriginal Justice Strategy programs depicted are funded by both Federal and Provincial/Territorial governments.
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- 75. Edmonton – Métis Settlements Community Justice Program (Métis Settlements General Council), First Nations Custom
- 76. Saddle Lake – Saddle Lake Restorative Justice Program
- 77. Siksika – Aiskapimohkiiks Program
- 78. Standoff – Kainai Peacemaking Program
- 79. Tsuu T’ina Sarcee – Tsuu T’ina Peacemaker Program
Community-Based Justice Programs - Alberta
Recipient: Siksika Nation
The objective of the Aiskapimohkiiks Program is to assist all Siksika Nation members to resolve disputes. The Program will divert cases away from the formal court system and thereby achieving maximum self-determination while restoring independence, solidarity, unity, peace and harmony.
The Program is a two-phase mediation/arbitration model that incorporates Siksika customs and traditions. The first phase, "Aiipohtsiniimsta," uses mediation and the second phase, "Aiskapimohkiiks," uses arbitration where parties have not been able to agree to a settlement in the first phase. The tribunal is a three-member panel composed of an independent chairperson, an Elder and a community member. The Program also uses an Elders Advisory Committee.
First Nations Custom Advisory Panels Program
Recipient: Yellowhead Tribal Community Corrections Society
The Yellowhead Tribal Community Corrections Society oversees the delivery and ongoing capacity development of the First Nations Custom Advisory Panels Program in the five member First Nations of the Yellowhead Tribal Council. The five member First Nations are Alexander First Nation, Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, Enoch Cree Nation, O'Chiese First Nation, and Sunchild First Nation. The advisory panels are designed to employ traditional methods of conflict resolution in a manner that is transparent to all members of the participating First Nations communities as well as other organizations that deal with these First Nation governments or institutions.
Kainai Peacemaking Program
Recipient: Blood Tribe
The Kainai Peacemaking Program focuses on restoring personal, family and community relationships within the Kainai community by drawing on traditional Kainai peacemaking practices. The Program has developed partnerships with Blood Tribe agencies which participants utilize depending on their specific needs. Clients may be referred to services for mental health issues, individual and family counselling, stress/anger management, anxiety/depressive disorders, parenting skills, and conflict resolution, as well as traditional Elder counselling geared towards healing individuals and restoring harmony and order within the community.
Métis Settlements Community Justice Program
Recipient: Métis Settlements General Council
The Métis Settlements Community Justice Program provides support to eight communities to establish justice committees, operate youth and adult diversion programs, and develop alternative measures programs for their members. The justice committees use mediation and family group conferencing to address criminal, family and civil matters. Relying on Elders and community members, the Program focuses on families at risk and on victim-offender reconciliation. It also offers training in conflict resolution and communication skills.
Saddle Lake Restorative Justice Program
Recipient: Saddle Lake Boys and Girls Club
The Saddle Lake Restorative Justice Program is a comprehensive youth- and family-based strategy that includes prevention, diversion and reintegration programs for the residents of the Saddle Lake First Nation. The Program uses family group conferencing and other alternative dispute resolution techniques. A long-term goal is to implement a Circle Hearing Tribunal that would investigate and adjudicate disputes in a manner consistent with the traditional justice values of the community.
The Program strives to identify the causes of anti-social and quasi-criminal behaviour and through education and awareness aims to instil in youth a greater sense of responsibility towards themselves, their peers, families and community. Another aim of the Program is to develop tools to work successfully with at-risk children and families in the community before a crisis occurs.
Tsuu T'ina Peacemaker Program
Recipient: Tsuu T'ina Nation
The objective of the Tsuu T'ina Peacemaker Program is to engage offenders, victims, families, and community members in resolving conflicts, addressing underlying causes of offending behaviour, and promoting a more peaceful community.
The Tsuu T'ina Court is an on-reserve provincial court with an Aboriginal judge, Crown prosecutor, and court clerks. The Court deals with criminal matters for both adults and youths and with violations of federal and provincial statutes and First Nation by-laws. The associated Office of the Peacemaker operates a peacemaking program that employs culturally appropriate mediation and alternative dispute resolution techniques.
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