Indigenous Court Arrives In PG
PRINCE GEORGE – It is a day of celebration for the local aboriginal community.
At least five hundred people have come from far and wide, to represent every aspect of the judicial system for the launch of an Indigenous Court at the Prince George Civic and Conference Centre. A First Nations Court is a sentencing court and provides an indigenous perspective with a more holistic and restorative approach to sentencing.
Launch of Indigenous court celebrated
Complete with traditional drumming and dancing and the bestowing of ceremonial blankets, a celebration was held Friday for the launch of a new kind of court in Prince George – one meant to end the revolving door for Indigenous people caught up in the criminal justice system.
Speaking to a packed room at the Civic Centre, B.C. Provincial Court chief judge Thomas Crabtree provided a primer on how it works.
Residential school survivor says Indigenous Court in Prince George, B.C., marks turning point for justice
HUNDREDS GATHER TO WITNESS OFFICIAL OPENING OF PRINCE GEORGE INDIGENOUS COURT
Prince George’s new Indigenous Court has officially launched in the community.
The court will be facilitated by L’heidli T’enneh Elders with a goal of rehabilitating rather than sentencing.
“The Prince George Indigenous Court office is founded on the strength of the experiences and knowledge of our people as we all have had an experience with the judicial system at one time or another.”
– Lheidli T’enneh First Nation Chief Dominick Frederick
Founder Christina Dragen is grateful the court has arrived in the Northern capital after three years of campaigning.
This is the sixth Indigenous Court to open in BC.