Legal Aid Ontario to fund new services in Treaty #3 territory
Monday, May 11, 2015
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) funding will bring two new community-based services to members of Grand Council Treaty #3.
Treaty #3 Gladue caseworker program
LAO is providing $200,000 to Grand Council Treaty #3 to hire, train and manage two Gladue caseworkers for one year. These caseworkers will write Gladue reports for Treaty #3 members in Kenora, Fort Frances, Dryden and Sioux Lookout. The reports will be available to accused people facing 90 or more days of incarceration, either at the bail or sentencing stage.
Treaty #3 Aboriginal Alternative Dispute Resolution program
LAO will also provide $200,000 to finance an Aboriginal Alternative Dispute Resolution worker for two years. This worker will arrange circles to deal with child protection issues in collaboration with child and family services agencies. The circles will provide an alternative to family court for First Nation families.
“These programs and other restorative justice practices are stepping stones that help address the over-representation of Anishinaabe peoples in the justice system. Our Ogichidaa, Warren White, is co-chair of Ontario’s Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee. He has highlighted that few of those working in the court system are members of Treaty #3 and few have a good understanding of Treaty #3 citizens or culture. These programs aim to better assist people in their healing journeys.”
“This new investment will help serve First Nation clients better. Supporting community-driven processes that address the unique legal needs of Aboriginal communities is an important aspect of Legal Aid Ontario’s Aboriginal Justice Strategy. We are pleased to work with Grand Council Treaty#3 on these programs.”
- Grand Council Treaty #3 is the traditional government of the Anishinaabe Nation.
- The council represents 26 member Anishinaabe communities in northwestern Ontario and two in southeastern Manitoba that are signatories to Treaty #3, signed in 1873.
- Legal Aid Ontario is an arms’ length agency of the Ontario government.
- Grand Council of Treaty #3
- Legal Aid Ontario's Aboriginal Justice Strategy
- What is Gladue and what are Gladue rights?
Justice Projects Coordinator
Grand Council Treaty #3
Telephone: (807) 548-4214