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Community Justice Strengthened In Sagamok

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Community Justice Strengthened In Sagamok

McGuinty Government Increasing Access To Justice For Aboriginal Peoples

Ministry of the Attorney General

A new community justice initiative will help to reduce crime and victimization among First Nations people.  

Sagamok Anishnawbek will receive approximately $75,000 per year from Ontario to develop and implement an Aboriginal community justice program.  The program will offer pre- and post-charge direct accountability services to adults and youth in the criminal justice system. In appropriate cases, the program will ensure offenders make amends directly to their victims and the community and receive cultural and healing supports that reduce the risk of re-offending.

This initiative supports Ontario's Aboriginal Justice Strategy to improve the criminal justice system's understanding of First Nations, Métis and Inuit justice systems and perspectives. 

In addition, Ontario's Aboriginal Victims Support Grants Program is helping Aboriginal communities support victims of crime.

Quick Facts

  • Aboriginal Community Justice Programs in Ontario are benefiting from an additional $600,000 in provincial funding and a doubling of overall funding in partnership with the federal government.
  • Ontario funds nine programs providing Aboriginal community justice in 19 locations across the province.

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“We want to help victims of crime in First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities while providing more effective alternatives for Aboriginal sentencing. We’re building a new Aboriginal justice partnership with the Sagamok Anishnawbek to support healthier, safer Aboriginal communities.”

Chris Bentley

Attorney General

“We are improving and increasing access to justice for Ontario's First Nations, Métis and Inuit. Our government is ensuring that the unique cultures of Ontario's First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities are recognized and respected by our justice system.”

Michael Bryant

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

“The Aboriginal Community Justice programs we support allow local communities to offer culturally appropriate ways to help Aboriginal people deal with the criminal justice system.”

Mike Brown

MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin

“With the relationship building and support of the Ontario Government, Sagamok Anishnawbek will work towards its vision to establish a comprehensive justice system that can work hand-in-hand with provincial and Canadian systems, but which provides Sagamok with the means to create and operate a system that is community and culturally appropriate and which meets our real needs.”

Paul Eshkawkogan

Sagamok Anishnawbek Chief

“Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation looks forward to creating a partnership with the Government of Ontario to address our justice related issues and challenges”

Brenda Rivers

Sagamok Anishnawbek Director of Operations

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