Strengthening Aboriginal Community Justice In Ottawa
Ontario is supporting a new justice initiative that will help to strengthen First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities in Ottawa. Here's what people are saying:
"The government recognizes and respects the distinct culture among the First Nations, Métis and Inuit people," said Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Brad Duguid. "This new program will help ensure that Aboriginal people are treated with respect and in a culturally appropriate manner when dealing with Ontario's justice system."
"The McGuinty government understands the unique needs of urban Aboriginals and we acknowledge the importance of culturally sensitive programs to help reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal offenders in the criminal justice system," said Yasir Naqvi, MPP Ottawa Centre.
"We are proud of the positive relationships and productive partnerships that we have with the First Nations, Métis and Inuit people in Ontario," said Phil McNeely, MPP Ottawa-Orléans. "Ontario is proud to support programs that help Aboriginal people take responsibility for the administration of justice in their own communities."
"We appreciate support for the new Aboriginal Community Justice Program and we are looking forward to continuing our partnership with the Ontario Government," said Sylvia Marcle, Executive Director, Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres. "Working hand-in-hand, our aim is to establish a comprehensive justice system that works locally to provide necessary services to Ottawa's Aboriginal community."