Strengthening Relationships Between Aboriginal Peoples and the Justice System
Co-chairs Appointed to Lead Aboriginal Justice Advisory Group
Ontario is creating a special advisory group to examine important issues affecting Aboriginal Peoples in the justice system.
Established in response to one of the key recommendations of the Honourable Frank Iacobucci's report, First Nations Representation on Ontario Juries, the Aboriginal Justice Advisory Group will serve as a forum for the government to collaborate with Aboriginal leaders and others with knowledge of Aboriginal justice issues. The group will consider ways to improve how the Ontario justice system impacts Aboriginal Peoples and provide advice to the Attorney General.
Warren White, Ogichidaa (Grand Chief) of Grand Council Treaty #3 and Chiefs of Ontario justice portfolio co-holder, and Murray Segal, former deputy attorney general of Ontario and former deputy minister responsible for aboriginal affairs, have been appointed co-chairs. Their first responsibility will be to provide advice to the Attorney General on the group's membership and the subject matters it will consider.
By improving the justice system for Aboriginal Peoples, we are working together as One Ontario to build a successful, vital province where everyone has the opportunity to connect, contribute and achieve their goals.
- Ontario has already acted on Mr. Iacobucci’s recommendation to establish an Implementation Committee, which is seeking ways to enhance First Nation representation on juries.
- The Advisory Group will complement the work of the Implementation Committee by examining broader justice system issues affecting Aboriginal Peoples.
- It is anticipated the full membership of the advisory group will be appointed this winter.
- Murray Segal spent more than 30 years with the Ministry of the Attorney General in various roles, including chief prosecutor for the Province of Ontario. He currently practises as an independent legal counsel, consultant and mediator at Simcoe Chambers in Toronto.
“The Aboriginal Justice Advisory Group will be a vital resource for our government in our ongoing efforts to improve Ontario’s system of justice. I look forward to working with our two experienced leaders, Ogichidaa Warren White and Murray Segal, to build a justice system that is more responsive to the needs of Aboriginal Peoples.”
“With the appointment of Ogichidaa Warren White and former deputy attorney general Murray Segal, Ontario has taken another important step to address Aboriginal justice issues. The co-chairs offer a wealth of experience and knowledge and will play an important role in improving Ontario's justice system for Aboriginal Peoples.”
“I am honoured to serve as co-chair to provide advice to the Ontario Attorney General on broad justice issues facing our First Nation people in Ontario. I look forward to providing input on traditional approaches to community well-being and reconciliation as strongly recommended in the Iacobucci report, and closely examining all phases of the justice system continuum impacting First Nation people and communities, from police investigations to programming for inmates in institutions. There are many outstanding issues requiring attention, such as violence against Aboriginal women, that a partnership such as this can begin to address.”
Ogichidaa Warren White
“I am delighted to work together with Ogichidaa Warren White and to hear from him and others about matters affecting Aboriginal Peoples and the justice system so that we can move forward with meaningful recommendations for action.”