The Nicola Valley Family Justice Services Society operates a diversion and dispute resolution program for the five Nicola Valley Indian Bands: Coldwater, Lower Nicola, Nooaitch, Shackan and Upper Nicola. A Board of Directors comprised of members appointed by each of the five bands of the Nicola Valley provides direction and policy. The program offers dispute resolution services by trained facilitators to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal individuals in Merrit and the Band communities. Referrals come from the RCMP and the Crown. With the consent of the victim and offender, the program will also accept referrals to facilitate meetings of family and community members interested in a providing advice to the court as to sentence.