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Community Justice

The Community Justice Program is an initiative established to promote the use of alternative measures such as mediation, family group conferencing and traditional Métis healing practices as a means of reducing incarceration and recidivism rates.  Community Justice Committees have been established to support and monitor the progress of individuals as a means of demonstrating their commitment to the communal responsibility for our people.  The contribution agreements for the Community Justice Program are cost shared by Saskatchewan Justice and Justice Canada’s Aboriginal Justice Directorate.

 MFCJS currently has funding for 1 full-time and 2 half-time positions in the following communities:

  • Archerwill (Métis Eastern Region II)
  • Ile-a-la-Crosse (Métis Northern Region II)
  • Saskatoon (Métis Western Region IIA)

 Justice Workers co-ordinate the provision of;

  • Diversion/alternative measures hearings;
  • Mediations, family/group conferences;
  • Healing and sentencing circles; and the recording of minutes for such processes;
  • Maintenance of a tracking system of client files, crime rates and other relevant statistics;
  • Research for the further development of initiatives; and
  • Research on current statistics

Under this initiative, MFCJS in partnership with Saskatoon CUMFI Local formed, and are in the implementation phase of, a Saskatoon Community Justice Committee.  The Community Justice Committee will work closely with the Saskatoon Community Justice Worker.  Although the Community Justice Committee does not yet receive funding, it was formed for the purpose of Section 81 and 84 requests dealing with Aboriginal offenders in Corrections Canada and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act.  However, MFCJS provides ongoing training dollars to the Community Justice Committee(s).

A MFCJS Justice Steering Committee monitors the program with representation from Saskatchewan Justice Divisions of Policy and Analyst and Community Justice, Justice Canada Aboriginal Justice Directorate and MFCJS.  Lynn LaRose currently sits on the Steering Committee representing MFCJS/Métis Nation – Saskatchewan.