The Conseil de la Nation Atikamekw has entered into a funding agreement with the Department of Justice Canada to manage the Atikamekw Community Justice Project for Adults and Youths.
The Project objectives are: to inform, to raise awareness; and to promote the Atikamekw Community Justice Project for Adults and Youths in order to spark and keep the interest of members of the communities of Manawan and Wemotaci.
The organization will undertake the following activities to attain the objectives: hold awareness days for youth concerning consequences of offences under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA); train the members of Elders' Councils; and to hold an awareness day for partners in the justice network (judges, lawyers, CAVAC, probation officers, para-judicial services, etc.).
With regard to adults: to deal with situations submitted to the Elders' Councils by police officers and members of the communities that, depending on the circumstances, call for mediation, sentencing circles or sentencing recommendations.
With regard to youth protection: to deal with situations submitted to Family Councils or Elders' Councils by the Director of Youth Protection or members of the community.
With regard to young offenders: to deal with files referred by the police (extra-judicial measures) or by the prosecution (extra-judicial sanctions); and to hold a week centering on a global approach to intervention with respect to spousal abuse.
The partners are: police services, social services, youth protection, the prosecution, the Court and local resources.
The anticipated results of the Project are to contribute to re-establishing and maintaining peace and harmony by enabling those involved in a dispute to find a resolution that would be acceptable to everyone concerned following a process that the Atikamekw population identifies with.