Unique court opened with ceremony and began hearing cases Wednesday
Sep 04, 2019
In a ceremony that moved between the Blackfoot and English languages, the Calgary Indigenous Court officially opened Wednesday with a blessing, cleansing of the courtroom and the dedication of an eagle feather to be used for oaths.
And just hours after the ceremony, the court, in its first case, saw bail granted to a young man who might not have been released if not for the supports put in place by agency workers connected to the court.
“It’s a refreshing change from the ordinary course of business in this building to have a room full of people trying to ensure accused people get the help they need so they don’t remain stuck in the system,” said the accused’s lawyer, Kelsey Sitar.