Community Justice Strengthened On Manitoulin Island
McGuinty Government Increasing Access To Justice For Aboriginal Peoples
A new justice initiative will help reduce crime and victimization among Manitoulin Island's Aboriginal peoples.
The United Chiefs and Councils of Manitoulin (UCCM) will receive an additional $41,000 per year to provide specialized reports to the court to help ensure the sentencing of Aboriginal offenders is as effective as possible for the community.
Ontario currently contributes almost $99,000 per year to UCCM to provide pre- and post-charge counselling based on the traditional Anishnaabe beliefs of prevention, accountability, making amends and healing.
These initiatives support 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.
- 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.
“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.”
“The government is pleased to support programs that help Aboriginal people take responsibility for the administration of justice in their communities.”
“We appreciate the Ministry's support for our community justice program. UCCM Justice has received support from Ontario for fourteen years. Additional resources will allow us to deliver enhanced services of Gladue sentencing reports for court which will serve Manitoulin well.”
“The new Gladue funding will allow a more effective examination of root causes of offences and ways to promote amends and healing through culturally appropriate services.”
“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 on our Aboriginal justice partnership with the United Chiefs and Councils of Manitoulin to support healthier, safer Aboriginal communities.”