The Community Justice Division helps communities to develop alternative ways of dealing with justice issues. These alternatives meet the special needs of each place and provide for safer, healthier communities. The Division is committed to:
- providing alternatives to the formal justice system;
- promoting a greater understanding of victim, offender and community needs; and
- providing a forum for crime prevention.
In March 2010, the Division hosted a crime prevention conference with delegates from around the territory.
Victim Services programs and Community Justice Committees operate with the support of community-based organizations and local volunteers. The Division provides training, resources and support to both programs. There are currently Victim Services programs in seven different communities in the NWT. Victim Services provide assistance, information, referrals and support to victims of crime and tragedy. There are established Community Justice Committees in 32 NWT communities. CJCs are responsible for holding diversion hearings for matters diverted away from the traditional court setting and handling matters in a community-based setting. Community Justice Committees and Victim Services programs often work together to provide innovative services to the communities.
The Department of Justice provides training, presentations and workshops to justice staff, other GNWT staff and community stakeholders to help them provide better services to clients who may live with FASD. From 2007-2010, the program was partially funded by the National Crime Prevention Centre. Since 2005, the Department has:
- traveled to 14 NWT communities and five communities outside of the NWT,
- conducted more than 90 presentations and workshops on FASD, and
- made contact with over 2800 people .
Some of the stakeholders that have benefitted from the project to date are: Bowden Institution staff and clients (Alberta), participants at conferences on FASD and related issues, Corrections Services trainees and case managers, disability advocates, victim services staff, community justice committee coordinators/ volunteers, community members (children, youth, adults, seniors/elders), students, teachers and DEAs, RCMP, defence counsel, crown counsel, community health and social workers, Salvation Army staff, Junior Canadian Rangers, Aboriginal governments, Department of Justice program managers and staff, prenatal and postnatal women, Tree of Peace Friendship Centre clients, Yellowknife Association for Community Living clients and staff, youth in custody, and an FASD Peer Support Group.
Policing in the Northwest Territories has evolved over the years to be more inclusive of community interests, adapting to allow the people of the NWT to have a voice in the policing of their communities. The RCMP works closely with the GNWT and the communities to ensure that the policing priorities of the NWT and its people are being addressed. In the small communities across the territory, the Force recognizes the importance of community involvement and in fostering strong partnerships working towards mutual problem solving for community concerns. The RCMP in the NWT is committed to the Strategic Priority of Safe Homes and Safe Communities. Community Policing is key to these partnerships and the RCMP has instituted a program called Annual Performance Plans which allows interaction with various community groups to identify community problems and work together at creating solutions.
For more information on Community Justice programs and initiatives, please contact:
Last updated: February 2011
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