Location of Aboriginal Justice Strategy Programs in Canada

British Columbia

British  Columbia

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.

For more information email ajs-sja@justice.gc.ca or call 1-866-442-4468.

  • 47 Ahousaht – Chim-an-ah program
  • 48 Alert Bay – Alert Bay Community Justice Program
  • 49 Alkali Lake – Esketemc Restorative Justice Program
  • 50 Bella Bella – Heiltsuk Gvi’ilas Community Justice Program
  • 51 Bella Coola – Nuxalk Restorative Justice Program
  • 52 Chilliwack – Qwi:qwelstóm - Stó:lō Nation Justice Program
  • 53 Duncan – Quwutsun Mustimuhw Restorative Justice Program (Cowichan Tribes)
  • 54 Fort Nelson – Fort Nelson First Nation Justice Program
  • 55 Fort St. James – Tl’azt’en Nation Healing Circle Program (Tl’azt’en Nation), Nak’azdli Alternate Justice Program (Nak’azdli Band)
  • 56 Fort Ware – Kwadacha Nation Khutsedzi k’e’ Cultural Wilderness Camp Program
  • 59 Kamloops – Secwepemc Community Justice Program
  • 60 Lilloet – St’at’imc Restorative Justice Program
  • 61 Lower Post – Daylu Dena Council Justice Program
  • 62 Lytton – Yeneid Preventative Justice Programs
  • 63 Massett – Haida Gwaii Restorative Justice Program
  • 64 Merritt – Nicola Valley Aboriginal Community Justice Program
  • 65 New Aiyansh – Nisga’a Nation Yuuhlamk’askw Justice Program
  • 66 Penticton – South Okanagan Aboriginal Restorative Justice Program
  • 67 Powell River – Sliammon Native Justice Program
  • 68 Prince George – Prince George Urban Aboriginal Justice Society Adult Diversion Program, Prince George Urban Aboriginal Justice Society Youth Diversion Program
  • 69 Prince Rupert – Prince Rupert Aboriginal Justice Program
  • 70 Smithers – Wet’suwet’en Unlocking Aboriginal Justice Program
  • 71 Telegraph Creek – Ku We gahn Justice Program
  • 72 Vancouver – Vancouver Aboriginal Transformative Justice Services Program
  • 73 Victoria – Greater Victoria Aboriginal Justice Program
  • 74 Williams Lake – Tsilhqot’in Community Justice Program

Community-Based Justice Programs - British Columbia

Alert Bay Community Justice Program

Recipient: Whe-La-La-U Area Council

The Alert Bay Community Justice Program provides fetal alcohol spectrum disorder support, community support, volunteer services, after-school daycare, and a variety of other programs which serve the village of Alert Bay, the N'amgis Band and the Whe-La-La-U area.

The overall goals of the Program are to facilitate the resolution of any issues, promote healing and responsible decision making, and strengthen families and the community by providing responsive, effective, and holistic services in a non-judgmental manner.

Chim-an-ah Program

Recipient: Ahousaht First Nation

The Chim-an-ah Program supports processes to integrate traditional native and Western laws and aims to reduce crime and incarceration rates among community members. Elders, young offenders, and victims are the Program's main priority groups in the Ahousaht community.

Program objectives include reintegration, restoring and strengthening harmony between the offender and the community, and empowering the Ahousaht community to take responsibility for local justice issues, thereby keeping conflict-resolution processes out of the mainstream justice system.

Daylu Dena Council Justice Program

Recipient: Daylu Dena Council

The Daylu Dena Council Justice Program is based on a council approach. The council consists of Elders, young people and other members of the community. To be admitted into the Justice Program, the victim, offender, family and community must be willing to participate, and the offender must be prepared to accept responsibility. There must also be sufficient resources available to deal with the matter and reason to believe that harmony will be restored in the community. The Program is designed to help all those involved - individuals, families, and the community - in understanding and assuming their responsibilities.

Esketemc Restorative Justice Program

Recipient: Esketemc First Nation

The Esketemc Restorative Justice Program delivers a holistic and culturally appropriate service, coordinated across various federal and provincial jurisdictions and community agencies to meet the needs of the Esketemc community.

The goal of the Program is to facilitate resolution of crimes, healing, recovery and prevention. The majority of incidents are handled through traditional healing circles, which provide a non-judgmental, safe environment for resolution of cases.

Fort Nelson First Nation Justice Program

Recipient: Fort Nelson First Nation

The Fort Nelson First Nation Justice Program provides diversion, sentencing recommendations, restorative justice, bylaw redevelopment, judicial mentorship, dispute resolution and mediation, and liaison with the RCMP, Crown counsel, and B.C. Community Corrections.

The goal of the Program is to provide essential support services to the members of the Fort Nelson First Nation community in the context of their vision: "Where both the community and its members are strong, healthy, proud, and self-reliant." There are three main objectives: to reduce the number of summary offences being processed through the formal justice system by using alternative justice resolutions; to ensure staff are equipped with the required tools to perform core functions; and to help carry out the Fort Nelson First Nation "Reaching for Our Vision" long-term plans.

Haida Gwaii Restorative Justice Program

Recipient: Haida Tribal Council

The overall goal of the Haida Gwaii Restorative Justice Program is to assist the Haida people in assuming greater responsibility for addressing conflict and administering justice through the development of community programs and services that are culturally relevant and integrated.

The Old Massett Alternative Justice Advisory Committee operates the Old Massett Alternative Justice Program, which provides pre-charge diversion/alternative measures, as well as advice on sentencing and offender-reintegration services for the residents of Old Massett, British Columbia.

Heiltsuk Gvi'ilas Community Justice Program

Recipient: Heiltsuk Tribal Council

The Heiltsuk Gvi'ilas Community Justice Program provides reintegration protocols and programs, mainly to the community of Bella Bella, but also to Denny Island and Ocean Falls, and to all members of the Heiltsuk Nation when needed.

The Program objectives are to restore community wellness and balance by supporting and promoting the principles of restorative justice. The Program works with various organizations to accomplish these objectives by engaging victims, as well as youth and adult offenders and their families, in the administration of justice and the resolution process.

Ku We gahn Justice Program

Recipient: Tahltan Health and Social Services Authority

The overall goals of the Ku We gahn Justice Program are to repair the harm done by the offender and increase the sense of social justice for the victim, families, and others in the community.

The Program operates pre- and post-charge diversion programs. The primary model used is family group conferencing in a traditional circle format. The Program serves four First Nation communities.

Kwadacha Nation Khutsedzi k'e' Cultural Wilderness Camp Program

Recipient: Kwadacha Nation

The Kwadacha Nation Khutsedzi k'e' Cultural Wilderness Camp Program is set up as a diversion, alternative, preventative measures program that uses Wilderness/Adventure Therapy to bring about change in the Kwadacha community, as well as those in the Tsay Keh Dene Band, located 70 km south of Kwadacha.

The objectives of the Khusedzi k'e' Program include creating a traditional and culturally appropriate wilderness camp to provide opportunities to address communication issues within the community, to promote the overall well-being (physical, emotional, social and cultural) of Aboriginal people, and to provide cultural education and training services to the wider community.

Nak'azdli Alternate Justice Program

Recipient: Nak'azdli Band

The Nak'azdli Alternative Justice Program provides alternative dispute resolution, circle sentencing, diversion, mediation, and preventative education for members of the Nak'azdli Band in the Village of Fort St. James who are, or have been, in contact with the justice system, including young people who are at risk, first-time offenders and victims.

The Program's objectives are to deal with the harmful effects of the residential school system that still afflict the community and to divert young offenders and first-time offenders from the courts by means of traditional values such as those used in the potlatch system.

Nicola Valley Aboriginal Community Justice Program

Recipient: Nicola Valley Community Justice Services Society

The Nicola Valley Aboriginal Community Justice Program operates a diversion and dispute resolution program for the five Nicola Valley Indian Bands (Coldwater, Lower Nicola, Nooaitch, Shackan, and Upper Nicola).

The Program's overall goals are to work with partners to foster a quality of life that encompasses community safety, healing initiatives, crime prevention, and a justice system that fosters respect and understanding, with particular attention to First Nations members. The Program accomplishes these goals by providing dispute resolution services by trained facilitators to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal individuals in Merritt and in the Band communities. Where the victim and offender both consent, the Program will also accept referrals to facilitate meetings of family and community members who are interested in providing advice to the court regarding sentencing.

Nisga'a Nation Yuuhlamk'askw Justice Program

Recipient: Nisga'a Nation

The Nisga'a Nation Yuuhlamk'askw Justice Program delivers diversion measures for youth and adult residents of New Aiyanish, Gitwinksihlkw, Lakatzap and Gingolx. The objectives of the Program are to provide restorative/alternative justice services which can lessen the impact of crime and trauma on victims and their families and assist in their recovery. The Program also helps to monitor adult offenders under the supervision of British Columbia's Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. This may involve pre-trial release and community supervision, diversion, electronic monitoring, probation and conditional release. The Program also aims to strengthen the capacity of communities to respond effectively to crime.

Nuxalk Restorative Justice Program

Recipient: Nuxalk First Nation

The Nuxalk Restorative Justice Program's overall goal is to implement the restorative justice program framework in the Nuxalk First Nation community. The Program uses police- and Crown-based diversion/alternative measures and inputs into sentencing decisions to enable the Nuxalk Nation to assume greater responsibility for administering justice and to develop culturally relevant and effective ways of resolving any issues. The Nuxalk First Nation is preparing to move towards a comprehensive community justice program by developing its administrative capacity, culturally appropriate dispute resolution processes, and protocol arrangements with justice and other agencies.

Prince George Urban Aboriginal Justice Society Adult Diversion Program

Recipient: Prince George Urban Aboriginal Justice Society

The Prince George Urban Aboriginal Justice Society Adult Diversion Program provides pre- and post-charge diversion for adults in the Prince George area.

The objective of the Program is to reduce the number of Aboriginal people in contact with the justice system. The Program intends to reduce recidivism rates, particularly for minor offences. It will also focus on reintegrating offenders back into their communities as active, productive members. This requires active and effective relationships with community organizations and with key justice personnel in the area in order to build a referral base. Using an Aboriginal circle model, the offenders, victims and various community representatives work together to help offenders reach an understanding of their actions and to come to an agreement on the best way to heal the effects of those actions.

Prince George Urban Aboriginal Justice Society Youth Diversion Program

Recipient: Prince George Urban Aboriginal Justice Society

The main objectives of the Prince George Urban Aboriginal Justice Society Youth Diversion Program are to restore harmony in the community by involving young offenders, victims, family members, Elders and the Aboriginal community in order to repair the harm done by the offender's behaviour. It also provides an opportunity for the community to assume responsibility for what is happening to their young people.

The Program uses an Aboriginal circle model in which the guardian, victim and various community representatives work together to help the young person to understand his or her actions and the consequences and determine steps that may be taken to make amends or correct the situation. The recommendations made by the circle become the diversion agreement, and the young person is then monitored until the terms of the agreement are completed.

Prince Rupert Aboriginal Justice Program

Recipient: Prince Rupert Aboriginal Community Services Society

The Prince Rupert Aboriginal Justice Program's overall goals are to administer an alternative justice program for people in Prince Rupert and the vicinity by incorporating cultural, restorative and holistic approaches; promoting the Program within the schools and public agencies; reducing the number of people in the courts and detention centres; and reducing the recidivism rate. The Program has expanded to provide advisory services in relation to sentencing for the courts.

Quwutsun Mustimuhw Restorative Justice Program

Recipient: Cowichan Tribes

The Quwutsun Mustimuhw Restorative Justice Program provides fetal alcohol syndrome disorder support, community support, volunteer services, and a variety of justice-related programs. The Program serves the following seven traditional villages: Quamichan (Kwa'mutsun), Comiaken (Qw'umiqiqun), Kiksilah (Xwulqw'selu), Somena (S'amuna'), Clemclemluts (Lhumlhumuluts'), Khenipsen (Xinupsum), and Cowichan Bay (Tl'lulpalus).

The overall goals of the Program are to facilitate the resolution of any issues, promote healing and responsible decision making, and strengthen families and the community by providing responsive, effective, and holistic justice services in a non-judgmental manner.

Qwi:qwelstóm - Stó:lō Nation Justice Program

Recipient: Stó:lō Nation

The Qwi:qwelstóm - Stó:lō Nation Justice Program's overall goals are to restore harmony in the community by involving young and adult offenders, victims, family members, Elders and the Aboriginal community in general to repair the harm done by the offender's behaviour, and particularly to provide an opportunity for the community to assume responsibility for what is happening to their young people.

These goals are accomplished through training and community capacity building, including circle training and the organization of information and training sessions.

Secwepemc Community Justice Program

Recipient: Whispering Pines/Clinton Indian Band

The main objectives of the Secwepemc Community Justice Program are to develop resolutions of criminal matters involving Aboriginal offenders and victims that are more satisfactory than those that are currently provided by the criminal justice system and to provide the necessary training to anyone working with victims or offenders to ensure that their needs are met and their rights respected.

The Program provides opportunities for the healing of individuals and their families, and it may reduce the incidence of crime and violence in the communities. The Program serves adults and young people who are of Aboriginal ancestry.

Sliammon Native Justice Program

Recipient: Sliammon First Nation

The overall goal of the Sliammon Native Justice Program is to enhance and increase the awareness of community justice as an integral part of the Program.

The Program provides diversion measures, probation supervision and alternative measures to the Klahoose, Homalso and Sliammon residents of the Sliammon First Nation.

South Island Wellness Aboriginal Restorative Justice Program

Recipient: South Island Wellness Society

The South Island Wellness Aboriginal Restorative Justice Program delivers prevention, pre and post-charge diversion, alternative measures and corrections supervision to Aboriginal community members residing within the Greater Victoria Area.

The primary objective of the Program is to provide holistic services to those in contact with the justice system while maintaining high standards and cultural appropriateness in delivering the services. The objective will be accomplished by working to educate the community on prevention initiatives and facilitating community justice forums for diversions, alternative measures, self-referrals, and seeking Corrections, RCMP, Crown and Court referrals.

South Okanagan Aboriginal Restorative Justice Program

Recipient: The Okanagan Indian Educational Resources Society

The South Okanagan Aboriginal Restorative Justice Program provides services which will empower the community to administer justice and improve its overall health. It provides pre-charge services for both adult and youth members of the South Okanagan Bands and other Aboriginal people located within its territory.

The Program's objectives include finding practical solutions to Aboriginal justice concerns by incorporating Enowkinwixw process and philosophy into all social justice activities. The Program utilizes agency referrals, disciplinary circles, integrated case-management circles, and adult restorative sentencing circle processes.

St'at'imc Restorative Justice Program

Recipient: St'at'imc Restorative Justice Project Corporation

The St'at'imc Restorative Justice Program's overall goals are to develop and implement an Aboriginal justice and conflict resolution program that is tailored to the specific needs and culture of the communities it serves.

The Program will help those affected by an offence to have access to disciplinary and healing processes. The Program serves the three towns and eleven local communities in the St'at'imc Nation, and is guided by a Restorative Justice Steering Committee, which ensures that physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects are taken into account.

Tl'azt'en Nation Healing Circle Program

Recipient: Tl'azt'en Nation

The intention of the Tl'azt'en Nation Healing Circle Program is to impose appropriate measures to compensate the victim, levy a consequence on the offender, deliver required services to families, and establish a monitoring program to ensure compliance with the agreed-upon restitution.

Cases chosen for the Program will focus on offenders who are in contact with the justice system for crime related to theft under $5,000, vandalism and adolescent social violence. The Program will provide an opportunity to resolve crime-related matters by using traditional alternative sentencing methods.

Alternative sentencing, based on consensus by all parties involved, could include compensatory work service for the victim, a curfew, traditional and cultural food gatherings and treatment or banishment (or a combination). The outcome will be restitution for the victim, consequences for the offender and a reduced caseload going through the mainstream court system.

Tsilhqot'in Community Justice Program

Recipient: Punky Lake Wilderness Camp Society

The Tsilhqot'in Community Justice Program serves the Tsilqhot'in and Southern Carrier Nations, West of Williams Lake on the Chilcotin Plateau.

The Program's overall goals are to support the Tsilhqot'in and Southern Carrier Nations in the development of a community-based approach to social justice issues with respect to their young people, families and communities, by helping to implement sentencing and conflict resolution alternatives that focus on healing, education and employment opportunities.

Vancouver Aboriginal Transformative Justice Services Program

Recipient: Vancouver Aboriginal Transformative Justice Services Society

The Vancouver Aboriginal Transformative Justice Services Program provides prevention, diversion and alternative measures to Aboriginal people in the City of Vancouver.

The main objectives of the Program are to offer a restorative justice process which focuses on repairing relationships among those affected by crime - the victim, the offender, their families, and the community - and to empower individuals to formulate appropriate responses and strategies to deal with the crime and participate directly in processes that affect the overall well-being of the community. To accomplish these objectives, the Society utilizes a community council forum made up of volunteers, an Elder, the victim and offender and their support people to discuss the offence, its effects, and the causes of the behaviour that led to the offence. At the conclusion of the forum, a healing plan is developed with the goal of making amends and positively reintegrating the offender into the community.

Wet'suwet'en Unlocking Aboriginal Justice Program

Recipient: Wet'suwet'en Treaty Office

The Wet'suwet'en Unlocking Aboriginal Justice Program provides services for prevention, pre- and post-charge diversion, alternative measures, advice on sentencing, rehabilitation and victim support within the Wet'suwet'en territory in and around Smithers, B.C.

The main objectives of the Program are to enable the community to assume greater responsibility for the administration of justice and to help the justice system become more relevant and effective for First Nation communities. These objectives are accomplished through regular meetings with the Elders Advisory Board, protocol development with local justice agencies, cultural activities, workshops, training, conflict resolution and referrals to support agencies.

Yeneid Preventative Justice Programs

Recipient: Lytton First Nation

The Yeneid Preventative Justice Programs provide services focused on prevention, rediscovery (for children and young people), alternative measures and restorative justice, as well as services related to fisheries offences and probation administration. The Programs serve both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities over a 100-mile area between Boston Bar and Spences Bridge on both sides of the Fraser. Specific Aboriginal communities served include Cooks Ferry Band, Nicomen Band, Lytton First Nation, the Village of Lytton, Siska Indian Band, Skuppha Band, Kanaka Bar Band, and Boothroyd Band.

The Programs objectives include reducing crime, reconnecting children with their cultural roots, maintaining an alternative form of dispute resolution, and providing information and support to offenders and victims involved in the process.

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