Justice

The Province's partnerships with Aboriginal justice organizations, communities and people have led to the creation of programs, services and policies that help meet the needs of Aboriginal offenders and victims of crime.

Aboriginal Justice Strategy

The Aboriginal Justice Strategic Plan - 2012 to 2016 addresses the Aboriginal Justice Strategy's vision of a justice system that responds to the holistic needs of Aboriginal Peoples and their communities, and implements justice initiatives that are based on culture and owned by the community.

It addresses the challenges of Aboriginal people in their interactions with the criminal justice system and responds to the overrepresentation of Aboriginal Peoples as both victims of crime and offenders. It includes a number of efforts:

  • Improving the relationships and understanding between the Corrections Branch, justice officials and Aboriginal people and their communities
  • Enhancing the effectiveness of programs and services for Aboriginal offenders
  • Being responsive to the justice needs identified by Aboriginal communities

The Aboriginal Justice Strategic Plan focuses on:

  • Reducing crime and victimization
  • Alternative measures
  • Sentencing circles and peacemaking
  • Mediation and arbitration in family and civil cases
  • The court justice program

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Justice B.C. Services

Counselling

Education & Resources

Victim Support

  • VictimLINK
    A multi-lingual (17 North American Aboriginal languages) referral service to all victims of crime and immediate crisis support.

Custody, Sentencing & Corrections Support

  • B.C. Custody Programs
    Programs and services available to those serving a sentence in a provincial correctional centre. Some are programs specifically for Aboriginal people.
  • Sentencing or Convicted Offender
    Pre-sentencing Gladue reports for Aboriginal offenders. Gladue rights refer to the special consideration that judges must give an Aboriginal person when setting bail or during sentencing.

Adult Offender Corrections Support

Policing in First Nations Communities

Human Trafficking, Missing Persons, Women, Public Inquiries

Child Protection

Ministry of Justice Articling Program

The Ministry of Justice hires articled students who have a strong interest in public law  to help them to become effective public sector lawyers. One articled position is designated to an Aboriginal Canadian law student.