Indigenous Justice Program releases resource guide for Atlantic Canada

March 9, 2018 announcement from the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of P.E.I.

Providing a general introduction to justice issues for people who work with Indigenous clients in the Atlantic Canadian justice system, the Guide is titled “Bringing Balance to the Scales of Justice: Fulfilling our Responsibility to Indigenous People Involved in the Justice System”.

In the first half, this excellent resource provides an overview of the post-colonial experiences of Indigenous people in Atlantic Canada, and explores the reasons for Indigenous overrepresentation in the justice system. While the second half provides insights into traditional Indigenous views on justice and healing, and outlines some of the common ceremonial practices that can be successfully integrated into justice programs.

The Mi'kmaq Confederacy of P.E.I. produced the new guide in partnership with the Mi'kmaq Legal Support Network in Nova Scotia, Elsipogtog Restorative Justice Program in New Brunswick and the Miawpukek First Nation in Newfoundland and Labrador.

“It is our hope that this guide will shed light on both the historical circumstances that have led to this situation and the innovative efforts being made to incorporate an Indigenous world-view into our justice system,” the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of P.E.I. said in its March 9 announcement.

Further reading:

Indigenous groups release booklet for workers in the criminal justice system
The new booklet is being distributed across the Atlantic region
CBC News | Mar 12, 2018

Mi'kmaq Confederacy of P.E.I. releases guide on ‘Bringing Balance to the Scales of Justice’
The Journal Pioneer | March 9, 2018