The O'Chiese Justice Department

 

GAH-KI-KEENG-KAO-KAMIK (GUIDING HEALING PLACE)

 

 

PURPOSE:The Justice Department is starting a 3 year pilot project starting in September 2019 to have the Justice Elders as part of the sentencing on the O'Chiese Nation. 

 

Elders requested a Justice Department to:

*Reduce Crime

*Increase Safety

*Improve access to legal information

*Restoration of Traditional Saulteaux Laws within O'Chiese

 

 

JUSTICE ELDERS MEETINGS

*Re-established to put together traditional laws, promote a healthier, safer community and to knowledge share

*Meets weekly on Mondays at 10am lunch is provided

*Elders attend Legal Awareness Workshops

 

LEGAL AWARENESS WORKSHOPS AND LEGAL INFORMATION LIBRARY

*Currently 4 Workshops held: FASD Awareness, RCMP Information, Knowing your Rights, T'suu T'ina Peacemakers

*November 4-Introduction to Restorative Justice

*More workshops being planned: traffic violations, what to expect in court, addictions and the law etc.

 

ESTABLISHING A PROVINCIAL COURT AT O'CHIESE FIRST NATION

*Working with Provincial Court Judges and Court Administration to hold Provincial Criminal Court at O'Chiese

*Will ease member concerns with travelling to Rocky Mountain House or other courts and reduces new charges

 

FUTURE EVENTS:

*Peacemaking program exploration

*Traditional law revitalization

*Knowledge sharing

*Legal rights workshops

*Safer communities

*Provincial law facilities being negotiated at the Minister's level

*More resource partnerships

*Expanding legal resource library

*Hub committee (Triage of complex files)

*Community events

 

 

STAFF:

Court Coordinator: Celisity Thomas

Program Developer: Corrinne Bell

403-989-3943

 

 

SURVEYS:

Please fill out a survey on Justice there is one for Youth, Adults and Elders.

 

 

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