Grand Council Treaty #3 Dryden Office Grand Opening
Dryden, ON – Grand Council Treaty #3 is please to announce the opening of the Kaakewaaseya Justice Office in Dryden, Ontario. This was accomplished through partnership with the Indigenous Justice Division of the Ministry of the Attorney General. Collaboratively, we have worked towards the goal of providing and improving the delivery of justice services to the members throughout the entire Treaty #3 territory.
Grand Council Treaty #3 justice staff in Dryden, Ontario, are now able to assist and provide services to our citizens in contact with the criminal justice system and specifically appearing in Dryden court. We hope to reduce the over representation of the Indigenous population in the mainstream justice system.
The services that are provided in the Dryden office include:
- A fulltime Indigenous Justice Liaison worker to provide support and education to community members;
- Gladue writers to assist Judges in the sentencing process;
- Gladue After Care workers to assist and follow-up on the recommendations that are given during sentencing;
- Bail Supervision and Verification workers to provide support and advocacy to community members; and
- An Indigenous Support Network worker that will assist the victims of crime, and other tragic circumstances.
To facilitate quality service delivery to Treaty #3 citizens, Grand Council Treaty #3 has partnered with other local stakeholders including:
- Nishinawbe Aski Legal Services;
- Treaty #3 Police Services;
- Dryden Friendship Centre;
- Ontario Provincial and Dryden Police Service;
- Crown and defence Lawyers; and
- Court Services and the Judiciary.
It is only while working towards justice as a healing process, through these partnerships, will the over representation of Indigenous peoples be reduced.
Grand Council Treaty #3 is pleased to be in close proximity to the Dryden courthouse to provide these much needed services, and to be closer to assist Treaty #3 members within the communities of Wabauskang, Eagle Lake, Wabigoon Lake, Lac Seul and Lac des Mille Lacs.
Grand Council Treaty #3 also has offices providing justice services in Kenora, Fort Frances, Wabseemoong, Grassy Narrows, Naotkamegwanning, Onigaming, Naicatchewenin and Lac Seul.
For more information, please contact:
Janine Seymour, Political Advisor
Grand Council Treaty #3