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Supporting Aboriginal Community Justice In Thunder Bay

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Supporting Aboriginal Community Justice In Thunder Bay

McGuinty Government Increasing Access To Justice For Aboriginal Peoples

Ministry of the Attorney General

Ontario is supporting Aboriginal community justice by investing in two Thunder Bay initiatives that seek to reduce crime and victimization among First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples.

  • Ontario is contributing $96,000 to a program for Aboriginal youth and adults that brings together the accused, the victim and council members to identify and address the root problems of the accused's actions holistically. The program is operated by the Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre.
  • The province is also providing $41,000 to provide Thunder Bay's courts with specialized reports on Aboriginal offenders when making sentencing decisions.

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

Ontario's Aboriginal Justice Strategy is improving the criminal justice system's understanding of First Nations, Métis and Inuit justice systems and perspectives.

Quick Facts

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

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“We are working with our partners to offer programs that will reduce the number of Aboriginal victims in our communities and Aboriginal people in our correctional facilities. Our Aboriginal community justice programs and victims support grants help to achieve these goals by building on the good work being done by our justice partners.”

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

“Our government is pleased to support programs that help Aboriginal people take responsibility for the administration of justice in their communities”

Bill Mauro

MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan

“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”

Michael Gravelle

MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North

“We welcome all justice initiatives that respect the cultures of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples. We thank the government for its support and look forward to building on this partnership.”

Anne LeSage

Executive Director Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre



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