The Native Courtworker program is here to help ensure you understand the criminal justice process, at the earliest possible stage. As well as obtain fair, just, equitable & culturally sensitive treatment before the courts.
To provide Indigenous accused at the earliest possible stage, and all stages of the criminal justice process with timely and accurate information about:
The Downtown Community Court started in the fall of 2008, it brings together justice, health, and social services. The Downtown Community Case Worker aims to ensure that all Indigenous participants’ needs are treated in a culturally appropriate manner.
The Indigenous Case Worker acts as an intermediary between the accused and criminal justice personnel. Their role is to help an individual facing the criminal justice system understand:
Indigenous Incarcerated Parents to Reintegration Initiative aims to address the social barriers of shame and isolation that Indigenous parents who are incarcerated can face. Culturally appropriate and effective supports will be provided to participants in Federal Institutions as they prepare for reintegration into family and community.
A key component of the program is a strength-based, participatory evaluation grounded in an Indigenous worldview that will broaden our understanding of how many Indigenous incarcerated adults have children, whether they have an existing relationship with them, and what their personal or systemic barriers to establishing and maintaining relationships may be.