Current/Actively taking Referrals from the Justice System

Length of Service
5 years

Geographic Area Served
Bigstone Cree Nation, including traditional areas of Trout Lake, Peerless Lake, Loon Lake, Slave Lake, Chipewyan Lake, Calling Lake and Edmonton (if client resides there)

Age Restrictions

Service Provision Restrictions
All referred clients/cases are considered, with priority being placed on Big Stone members, and Indigenous individuals

Types of referrals accepted
Experience with charges including assaults against the person, property crimes; administration of justice, assault peace officer. Most cases will be considered, except for impaired driving, drugs, murder, manslaughter.

Take Referrals for Serious Offences
In 2019 the program assisted a woman who was facing jail time; multiple charges of break and enter w/intent, aggravated assault, death threats. Work with an elders’ panel and in conjunction with Prosecutors and Police.

Victim Involvement
Yes, when possible. If victim will not participate, offender only processes are possible.

General administrative process for handling referrals
Most referrals come in via email

What forms are required?
Communication with referring body occurs through correspondence (email normally)

General info re: time to adjudicate RJ process
Normally cases are adjudicated within four months, but exceptions may be made.

Other information provided to referrer
Regular updates are made to referring body throughout the process.

Case closure reporting
A final report is submitted to the referring body with completion information regarding the results of the process.

Capacity to take on additional referrals
Agency has capacity for an increase in referrals

Paid staff and elders who receive honoraria for their work

Facilitator Training Requirements
Justice and RJ conferences, criminal justice system training, training regarding the role of the judiciary, training regarding the flow of a criminal justice file, etc.

Prosecutions Office Region
Slave Lake Prosecutions Office