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Minister to Meet With Community Groups in Labrador

by NationTalk on December 5, 2007989 Views

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Justice
December 5, 2007

In order to achieve a better understanding of the justice system in Labrador, the Honourable Jerome Kennedy, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, will meet with community and Aboriginal Leaders and tour correctional facilities in Happy Valley–Goose Bay today.”This will be my first opportunity to visit Labrador since my appointment as Minister of Justice and Attorney General,” said Minister Kennedy. “I look forward to meeting with local organizations to discuss their concerns with the administration of justice in Labrador, as well as viewing the justice and corrections facilities located in Happy Valley–Goose Bay.”

During his visit to Labrador, Minister Kennedy will meet with members of the Purple Heart Campaign that recently authored a report on the treatment of women in the Labrador justice system and with Aboriginal leaders to discuss their views and experiences in the legal system. In addition, the minister will tour the courthouse and other correctional facilities in Happy Valley–Goose Bay.

“It is critically important to gain first-hand knowledge of the issues in Labrador,” said Minister Kennedy. “I believe this trip to be the first step in an ongoing process of improvements to the unique justice matters of Labrador.”

Minister Kennedy will also highlight many initiatives of the Provincial Government for Labrador justice matters such as the development of interpreting resources and programs that enhance access to courtroom services in Inuktitut and Innuaimun for Aboriginal peoples in Labrador, and a Budget 2007 commitment of $211,000 for an expansion of Family Justice Services in Labrador.

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Media contact:
Ken Morrissey
Director of Communications
Department of Justice
709-729-6985, 685-6612
kenmorrissey@gov.nl.ca

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