Attorney General rolling out First Nations justice strategy – Prince George Citizen

by ahnationtalk on March 12, 202053 Views

March 11, 2020

Sparked in good measure by the disproportionate number of Indigenous people in B.C.’s jails and prisons, an ambitious plan to create a separate justice system for First Nations is in the works.

Unveiled earlier this month, the First Nations Justice Strategy is the “first strategy for Indigenous people that is actually written by Indigenous people,” B.C. Attorney General David Eby said during an interview with the Citizen while in Prince George this week.

Produced over the course of two years, it sets out a wide-ranging course of actions aimed at reducing the number of Indigenous people in custody by giving First Nations significantly-greater control over how disputes are handled and offenders are treated.

In 2017-18, Indigenous adults and youth accounted for roughly 30 per cent of B.C.’s in-custody population, up from about 20 per cent a decade before, while making up just six per cent of the province’s population.

“The way that the system is going is not sustainable,” Eby said. “We can’t just keep locking up more and more Indigenous people and hope that things are going to change because they’re not, they’re getting worse.

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