The Saddle Lake Boys and Girls Club has entered into a funding agreement with the Department of Justice Canada to manage the Saddle Lake Restorative Justice Program.
The Saddle Lake Restorative Justice Program is a comprehensive youth and family-based strategy that includes prevention, diversion and reintegration programming for the residents of the Saddle Lake First Nation and surrounding communities. The Program's primary objectives include identifying the causes of anti-social and quasi-criminal behaviour through education and awareness; instil in youth a greater sense of responsibility towards themselves, their peers, their families and their community. The Program continues to develop early intervention tools for working successfully with children and families before a crisis occurs. Activities used in the restorative justice program are family group conferencing, alternative dispute resolution techniques and a Circle Hearing Tribunal that investigates and adjudicates disputes in a manner consistent with the traditional justice values of the community.
Saddle Lake Restorative Justice Program has a strong partnership with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Government of Alberta, local and Crown judiciary organizations. Services are delivered to Saddle Lake, St. Paul, Good Fish Lake and the surrounding communities of Ashmount and Vilna.