PEI moves to adopt Indigenous courtwork system – TheChronicleHerald.ca

by ahnationtalk on July 8, 202068 Views

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

The P.E.I. government is working to implement a program that could help Indigenous Islanders better navigate the criminal justice system.

The province’s most recent budget included a $100,000 allocation to work with the federal government to develop an Indigenous courtwork program. The program would see Indigenous individuals hired to help on- and off-reserve Indigenous people receive fair and culturally appropriate treatment within the legal system. Currently, P.E.I., New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador are the only provinces without an Indigenous courtwork system.

Lori St. Onge, director of the Indigenous justice program with the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of P.E.I., says the funding commitment is welcome news.

“That’s something that we have been advocating (for),” St. Onge said in an interview.

“We see many Indigenous people going to court and not understanding the system.”

St. Onge said many Indigenous people in P.E.I. often attempt to represent themselves, which often does not place them in an advantageous position.

Read More: https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/news/canada/pei-moves-to-adopt-indigenous-courtwork-system-470673/

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