Province launches new First Nations justice strategy – Alaska Highway News

by ahnationtalk on March 19, 202088 Views

March 19, 2020

B.C. Attorney General David Eby says a new justice strategy will begin rolling out in 2020 to give First Nations more control in sentencing offenders.

The strategy, signed March 6 between the province and the BC First Nations Justice Council, aims to establish a separate justice system for First Nations to address the overrepresentation of Indigenous peoples in the criminal justice system.

“We’ve been working with and supporting indigenous leadership organizations over the past couple of years to go through a process to develop this document,” Eby said, adding the strategy was authored in partnership with the Justice Council.

Only 6% of the B.C. population is Indigenous, but over the past three years Indigenous youth and adults have accounted for around 30% of the in-custody population. That’s up from 20% a decade prior.

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