Strengthening Aboriginal Community Justice In Kitchener-Waterloo
McGuinty Government Increasing Access To Justice For Aboriginal Peoples
Ontario is supporting the expansion of a court program that will increase access to justice for Aboriginal communities in Kitchener-Waterloo.
In a funding partnership with the federal government, Ontario will be providing $47,295 annually to help the Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto provide Gladue services to the Kitchener-Waterloo area, including Guelph and Cambridge.
Through this expanded program, a new Gladue (or Aboriginal) case worker will be available to provide courts in Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph and Cambridge with specialized reports, which can be taken into account during the sentencing of Aboriginal offenders.
Recommendations in these reports address the current and historic circumstances of the offender and identify the resources available to address the offender's needs. If the court accepts the recommendations, the Gladue worker will provide offenders with referrals to aftercare services to support the healing process and reduce the risk of re-offending.
“The expansion of the Gladue program into Kitchener-Waterloo will help the courts make decisions that are in the best interest of both the community and the offender. Working together, our aim is to establish a comprehensive justice system that works locally to address justice-related issues and challenges.”
“The Ontario government recognizes the distinct culture of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people. Gladue services help to ensure that Aboriginal people are treated with respect and in a culturally appropriate manner when dealing with Ontario's justice system.”
“These services will increase access to justice and strengthen the voices of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people in Ontario's justice system.”
“Ontario is proud to be working with Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto to provide a valuable service to both our courts and the Aboriginal people in our community.”
“We are pleased to be working with the Ontario government to expand Gladue services to Aboriginals living in Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph and Cambridge. These services will help ensure that Aboriginal people involved in the criminal justice system will have the support they need.”