‘We don’t have a word for crime’: New Calgary Indigenous Court to follow peacemaking approach

by pmnationtalk on September 3, 2019313 Views

Court opens Wednesday with morning ceremony, to hear cases in the afternoon.

The Calgary Indigenous Court (CIC) will officially open this week during a ceremony presided over by Judge Eugene Creighton, a member of the Blood Tribe who speaks fluent Blackfoot.

After about 18 months of planning, the court will open Wednesday. Sitting weekly, it will deal primarily with bail and sentencing hearings, focussing on a restorative justice approach to crime through peacemaking and connecting accused people to their cultures and communities.

Creighton, one of many who helped design and implement the court, attended nine years of residential school and has worked in the justice system as a correctional officer, probation officer, lawyer and now judge. He says the current system of justice and the criminal code itself are not effective in dealing with crime involving Indigenous people and do not honour First Nations’ traditions

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-indigenous-court-opens-1.5264839

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