The Algonquins of Barriere Lake have entered into a funding agreement with the Department of Justice Canada to operate the Algonquins of Barriere Lake Community Justice Project. The project seeks to offer a culturally sensitive alternative to the mainstream court process which supports community members that are in contact with the justice system.
The objectives of the project are: to provide people with essential information when they are facing conflict or crimes including; available resources and programming, alternatives to the regular court systems, conflict resolution methods, and traditional practices; to offer support to people dealing with conflict and crimes, using participatory approaches which are based on communication, problem solving, consensus building, and healing which deals with the underlying causes and answers the needs of individuals, victims, families, community; to create collaboration and networks with other internal and external services and resources to share vision and goals; to establish collaborative framework (or protocols); to be more successful in the intervention continuum; and to provide ongoing information to different target age groups on crime prevention, and peaceful relations.
The activities the organization will undertake to meet the objectives are: to provide on-going information on mission, services, available resources and alternatives to the regular court system which better answer the needs of ABL members; to teach and educate individual, various focus groups and community, on various topics such as peaceful relations, conflict resolution, and anger management, through workshops, community events and/or traditional activities.
The partners with whom the organization will work on this projects are: police services, social services, the Director of Youth Protection, the Crown and the court.
The expected results of the project are to offer a culturally sensitive alternative to the mainstream court process which supports community members that are in contact with the justice system. The clientele the program will serve are the members of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake First Nation. The name of the Aboriginal community the program will serve is the Algonquins of Barriere Lake.