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Justice Reform

In the summer of 2001, the Government of Saskatchewan determined that it was desirable and in the public interest to establish a Commission on First Nations and Métis Peoples and Justice Reform to review the justice system with the intent of devising solutions to overcome systemic discriminatory practices and address attitudes based on racial and cultural prejudice.  In the spring of 2002, MFCJS was approached by the Commission to assist them in their efforts to gather input from Métis people across Saskatchewan.

In partnership with Saskatchewan Justice, we implemented a Justice Research initiative, which acted as liaison with Métis individuals and communities to ensure that their perspectives, experiences and recommendations are reflected in any reforms which, may be undertaken by the government.

The MFCJS Researcher wrote a report on Métis Justice Reform that was submitted to the Commission on First Nations and Métis Peoples and Justice Reform in December 2003.  An implementation table was put in place between the Federal government, Provincial government, Métis Nation – Saskatchewan (represented by MFCJS Executive Director).  MFCJS is in the process of negotiating the workplan; no contribution agreement has been signed to date for this initiative.   

Police Complaints Process: MFCJS is currently seeking a representative to sit on the Police Complaints Committee.

Police Act:  Although MFCJS CEO was involved extensively with the redesign of the Police Complaints Process, protocol dictates that MN-S should be named in legislative changes.  However, because the MN-S was not recognized by the provincial government at that time and the refusal of MFCJS to be named, the change to subsection (4) (e) of the Police Act reads as follows:

(e) any other persons or boards that are prescribed in the regulations.  (this should read Métis Nation – Saskatchewan.)

Saskatoon Police Advisory Committee on Diversity (SPACOD): In December 2014 the Saskatoon Police Service Created the Saskatoon Police Advisory Committee on Diversity. The committee holds quarterly meetings and discusses issues of concern related to the Saskatoon Police Service by bringing together a cross section of the community, to share ideas and identify strengths and gaps in services that have an impact on families and individuals in our community.