Report on Results 2009-2010 Implementation of Section 41 of the Official Languages Act

B. Consultations (Sharing ideas and information with the OLMC)

Expected Result

Creation of lasting relationships between the federal institutions and the OLCM; the institution and the official language minority communities understand each other's needs and mandates.

Activity carried out to achieve the expected result

The members of the Departmental Network of Section 41 Coordinators and the members of Team 41 continued to build lasting relationships with the Communities by participating in their annual general meeting and other meetings organized by the Communities.

Outputs
  • Yukon’s Section 41 regional coordinator participated in the Association franco-yukonnaise’s (AFY) 26th Annual General Meeting on November 1, 2009 at the Centre de la francophonie.
  • Manitoba’s Section 41 coordinator attended the Association des juristes d’expression française du Manitoba’s (AJEFM) Annual General Meeting on November 26, 2009.
  • The Northwest Territories’ Section 41 coordinator attended the Fédération franco-ténoise’s (FFT) Annual General Meeting, which was held on November 28, 2009.
  • The Section 41 coordinator for the Ontario Region and the Justice in Official Languages Unit Manager attended the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services’ annual meeting of Francophone stakeholders in Toronto on February 12 and 13, 2009.
  • The Section 41 coordinator for British Columbia attended the Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the Association des juristes d’expression française de la Colombie-Britannique’s AGM.
  • The National Coordinator participated in the Quebec Community Groups Network’s Annual General Meeting on September 11 and 12, 2009 as part of QCGN’s 15th anniversary.
  • The coordinator for Nunavut met with the members of the Yellowknife office, the Director of the Franco-Centre, the cultural centre operated by the Association des francophones du Nunavut (AFN), as well as the President of the Association des francophones du Nunavut in Iqaluit.
  • The new regional coordinator for the Northwest Territories met with the Executive Director of the Fédération franco-ténoise in September 2009. He gave him the Office of La Francophonie’s fact sheets which provide a summary of the initiatives the Department is focusing on to implement Section 41 of the OLA.
  • The Director presented the Federation's initiatives and priorities. They discussed the Department of Justice’s Access to Justice in Both Official Languages Support Fund. The Federation was especially interested in eldercare and educational programs.
  • Alberta’s Section 41 coordinator participated in the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Alberta’s (AJEFA) Annual General Meeting on May 22, 2009.
Progress made in achieving the expected result
  • Yukon’s new Section 41 coordinator introduced herself to the AFY members and gave them the fact sheets describing the Department’s initiatives under its action plan for implementing Section 41 of the OLA.
  • In 2009-2010, two new Section 41 coordinators for Yukon and the Northwest Territories joined Network 41. The three territories are now represented in the Network.
  • The Department’s commitment within the regions is increasing through recognition of the three territories, but also because the Section 41 coordinators are participating in community events and the Department is organizing these types of events in the regions.
  • The Department actively participates in this annual meeting to which the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General invites community stakeholders and the managers from the Ministry’s operational divisions. This meeting is related to the implementation of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General’s Strategic Plan on French Language Services.
  • Among other things, they discussed the issue of videoconferencing technology to eliminate the communication challenges for widely dispersed communities in the North. Justice Canada’s northern Territories Regional Director is in favour of supporting new technologies, including videoconferencing. Videoconferencing will facilitate communications between the Department and the Communities.
  • The Department has a better understanding of the needs of seniors within the francophone community in the North.
  • The new coordinator for the Northwest Territories was invited to attend and participated in the Fédération franco-ténoise’s general meeting in Hay River at the end of November.
  • She established lasting ties with the Executive Director of AJEFA. The Section 41 coordinator met with the Executive Director of AJEFA on June 12, 2009 to continue discussion on partnerships between AJEFA, its clients from official language minority communities and Justice Canada.

Activity carried out to achieve the expected result

The Office of La Francophonie organized a meeting of the Advisory Sub-Committee on Access to Justice in Both Official Languages.

Output

The meeting of the Advisory Sub-Committee on Access to Justice in Both Official Languages was held on November 23, 2009 in Ottawa. The purpose of the meeting was to generate ideas for partnerships in line with the recommendations of the Canada-Wide Analysis of Official Language Training Needs in the Area of Justice.

Progress made in achieving the expected result
  • The formula used this year, a “Knowledge Café”, enabled interactive exchanges between the Department and participants rather than an exchange of information. The Department also adopted an innovative approach by inviting Éducaloi (a public legal education and information organization) to present a lecture on new technologies.
  • The Department, in conjunction with the members of the Advisory Sub-Committee on Access to Justice in Both Official Languages, confirmed the training priorities for those involved in the legal system, as indicated in the Canada-Wide Analysis of Official Language Training Needs in the Area of Justice.
  • The speaker, from Éducaloi, demonstrated the benefits of using new technology to distribute information (YouTube, Twitter and Facebook) in order to reach young people who might be interested in careers within the legal system. The Department and its community partners became more aware of the technological tools that could be used in reaching young people.

Activity carried out to achieve the expected result

On June 10, 2009, the Justice in Official Languages team met with the Director of the Francophone Affairs Branch of the Office of the Provincial Secretary in Saskatchewan and the Executive Director of the Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise. They discussed the implications and opportunities related to certain departmental programs for the Saskatchewan government and the province’s francophone network.

Output

Dialogue on the Department’s programs and the approach developed by Justice Canada on access to justice in both official languages.

Progress made in achieving the expected result

The relationship between the Department and the Saskatchewan representatives is strengthened. The representatives are impressed by the consistency of the interventions made by the Department, the provincial government and the official language minority communities. This type of coordinated approach should serve as a model.

Activity carried out to achieve the expected result

Encouraged the development of partnerships between designated PLEI agencies and the associations of French-speaking jurists and Quebec’s anglophone community.

Output

A joint meeting took place between the Public Legal Education and Information (PLEI) agencies and the Associations de juristes d'expression française (AJEF) on January 12, 2010.

Progress made in achieving the expected result

Partnerships between some Public Legal Education and Information agencies and associations of French-speaking jurists such as the Community Legal Education Association of Alberta (CLEA) and the Association des juristes d’expression française du Manitoba (AJEFM) were strengthened.

Activity carried out to achieve the expected result

Since September 2008, the Department has been using a working group to improve the coordination of its public legal education and information activities. In this context, the Department adopted a Public Legal Education and Information (PLEI) policy.

Output

On November 5, 2009, the Department's Senior Management Board approved the policy, and an article was published in JustInfo in early December. The policy includes a section on the Department’s commitment to taking positive measures to promote access to justice in a way that enhances the vitality of official language minority communities and promotes the full recognition and use of French and English.

Progress made in achieving the expected result

The Department's Public Legal Education and Information policy includes Section 41 of the OLA.

Activity carried out to achieve the expected result

The federal government’s five-year $20 million investment in training in the area of justice has proper administrative and implementation oversight.

Output

The Canada-Wide Analysis of Official Language Training Needs in the Area of Justice was completed and potential strategies were identified. The analysis followed directly from the five-year, $20-million investment announced by the federal government in the context of the Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality 2008-2013. The purpose of this investment was to provide training for individuals currently employed in the justice system, and to train and recruit young bilingual Canadians interested in pursuing a career in the justice system. The particular focus of this study was criminal law.

Progress made in achieving the expected result
  • The Communities were consulted on their needs for training in the field of justice. The analysis was based on a literature and a document review, an analysis of socio-professional data, interviews conducted in all the provinces and territories with stakeholders in the fields of training and law from the official language minority communities, four case studies and a panel of experts.

Activity carried out to achieve the expected result

The Youth Justice Section held internal meetings to plan external consultation workshops with specialists in youth justice, professors and university researchers and representatives of community organizations working with young offenders to identify the issues of the youth criminal justice system that face young offenders. These consultation workshops focused specifically on young offenders with mental health problems or involved in activities related to guns, gangs and drugs. During these planning meetings, the Network 41 coordinator within the Youth Justice Section reiterated the importance of inviting representatives of agencies or linguistic minority communities to these external consultation workshops.

Output

Invitations were sent to organizations and representatives of minority language communities working in the field of justice for young people, asking them to participate in the external consultation workshops.

Progress made in achieving the expected result

N.B.: Although none of the agencies and representatives of official language minority communities invited to participate in consultation workshops actually participated in these workshops, the result was that the Department made efforts to consult with community organizations affected by the issue of young offenders. The conclusion that we drew from this process was that the issues discussed in the context of the consultation workshops were very specific and addressed a highly specialized clientele.

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