Community Justice Centre in Treaty #3
Kenora, ON – Grand Council Treaty #3 is pleased that the 2018 Provincial Budget announced the location of the Community Justice Centre in Kenora with the exploration of a satellite hub in Sioux Lookout.
Kenora was one of several selected locations for a Community Justice Centre and is proposing bi-cultural services with integrated facilities. Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh stated: “With the over-representation of Indigenous people within the Canadian criminal justice system, a new approach is needed. We hope to achieve this through a successful partnership in the development and implementation of a Community Justice Centre.” Over the past year, Kenora area Chiefs were involved in a needs assessment study with all community stakeholders in the territory.
The Ministry of the Attorney General has partnered with Grand Council Treaty #3 in many existing justice initiatives that are expected to supplement the Community Justice Center.
Following the announcement, Treaty #3 Kenora and Cultural Chiefs met to plan for its development in the territory. Cultural Sustainability Chiefs Member, Chief Marilyn Sinclair of Obashkaandagaang, stated: “We are anticipating the next steps to bring the Community Justice Centre into reality and looking forward to the continued engagement by our government counterparts.”
For more information, please contact:
Arthur Huminuk, Justice Director
Grand Council Treaty #3
From left to right: Ogichidaa, Francis Kavanaugh; Traditional Justice Educator, Justin Boshey; Justice Director, Arthur Huminuk; Chief Tom Johnson, Seine River; Chief Brian Perrault, Couchiching; Chief Marilyn Sinclair, Obashkaandagaang; Chief Chris Skead, Wauzhushk Onigum; and Chief Howard Kabestra, Naotkamegwanning.