The Fort Nelson First Nation has entered into a contribution agreement with the Department of Justice to manage the Fort Nelson First Nation Justice Program.
The Fort Nelson First Nation Justice Program provides diversion, sentencing recommendations, restorative justice, bylaw redevelopment, judicial mentorship, dispute resolution and mediation, and RCMP, Crown Counsel, and BC Community Corrections liaison. The program also administers the Northern Rockies Restorative Justice Program (for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal clients), aimed at resolving issues in a more expedient manner. These programs currently serve approximately 250 aboriginal clients, the majority of which are young people (under the age of 30) in the Fort Nelson and the Northern Rockies areas.
The goal of the program is to provide essential support services to the members of the community, while remaining cognizant of the community’s vision: to have the community of the Fort Nelson First Nation be a strong, healthy, proud, and self-reliant community members. This goal is planned for achievement through three main objectives: to reduce the number of summary offences being processed through the formal justice system by using alternative justice resolutions; to ensure staff are well equipped with the required tools to perform core functions; and to execute core responsibilities of the Justice Program to realize the FNFN "Reaching for Our Vision" long term plans.