The Saddle Lake Restorative Justice Program is a comprehensive youth and family-based strategy that includes prevention, diversion and reintegration programming for the residents of the Saddle Lake First Nation. The program uses family group conferencing and other alternative dispute resolution techniques. A long-term goal of the program is to implement a Circle Hearing Tribunal that would investigate and adjudicate disputes in a manner consistent with the traditional justice values of the community.
The program strives to identify the causes of anti-social and quasi-criminal behaviour through education and awareness. It aims to instil in youth a greater sense of responsibility towards themselves, their peers, their families and their community. The program also aims to develop the tools to intervene early and successfully with children and families in the community before a crisis occurs.