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Ontario Continues Moving Forward on Iacobucci Recommendations


Ontario Continues Moving Forward on Iacobucci Recommendations

New Leadership Position Will Work to Strengthen Aboriginal Justice Programs

Ministry of the Attorney General

Ontario is taking another step to strengthen relationships between Aboriginal Peoples and the justice system.

The Province is creating a new leadership position at the Ministry of the Attorney General -- Assistant Deputy Attorney General (ADAG), Aboriginal Justice.

The ADAG, Aboriginal Justice, in collaboration with Aboriginal Peoples, will lead the development of new programs and services to support Aboriginal people in the justice system, and will be responsible for overseeing the government's response to the Honourable Frank Iacobucci's 2013 report, First Nations Representation on Ontario Juries.

This position was created to lead the government's work on Aboriginal justice issues as recommended by Mr. Iacobucci in his report. 

Quick Facts

  • The new Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Aboriginal Justice, will be recruited through an open, merit-based process, beginning in April 2014. Once posted, the full job description and application information will be available at ontario.ca/careers.
  • As part of the effort to find the best possible candidate for this position, the recruitment process will include extensive outreach to Aboriginal organizations and communities across Canada.
  • This is the first recommendation to be implemented in consultation with the Jury Review Implementation Committee, formed in September 2013, to oversee the implementation of recommendations in Mr. Iacobucci’s report.
  • In December 2013, Ontario named co-chairs for an advisory group that will provide the Attorney General with advice on broader First Nation justice issues. It’s anticipated that the full advisory group will be appointed later this spring.

Additional Resources

  • Visit OPS Careers to learn more about applying to positions with the Ontario Public Service.


“The person chosen for this position will be a recognized leader, innovator and expert who will build inclusive, positive and respectful relationships with our partners in Aboriginal communities to provide clear direction on responding to the needs of Aboriginal people in our justice system.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Attorney General

“It has always been the vision of our Elders to live in harmony with those around us. First Nations have fought for years to uncover the truth around systemic exclusion within the justice system. This new position, developed in concert with the Aboriginal community, is a key first step in ensuring that First Nations are adequately represented in the Ontario justice system.”

Barney Batise

Nishnawbe Aski Nation Elder, Jury Review Implementation Committee member

David Zimmer

“I believe the addition of an Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Aboriginal Justice, is a critical step in addressing Aboriginal justice issues and fulfils a key recommendation of Justice Iacobucci’s report, First Nations Representation on Ontario Juries. The position will strengthen relationships between Aboriginal communities and government, improve trust and understanding amongst Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people and communities, and lead to new supports and programs for Aboriginal people.”

David Zimmer

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

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    Minister’s Office



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