Contact
Stacey Harrison
780-726-4170
780-646-2800
780-614-5433
rjsaddlelake@gmail.com

Current/Actively taking Referrals from the Justice System
Yes

Length of Service
Over 10 years

Geographic Area Served
St. Paul Lakeland area (Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Vilna, Ashmont, St.Paul, Kehewin Cree Nation, Bonnyville, Onion Lake Cree Nation, Frog Lake Cree Nation, Kikino Metis Settlement, Cold Lake, Cold Lake First Nation, Elizabeth Metis Settlement, Lac La Biche, Fishing Lake Metis Settlement). We are willing to take other referrals outside of our area, providing we are financially compensated for travel, and expenses.

Age Restrictions
Both youth and adults

Service Provision Restrictions
The Referred client could be First Nations or non First Nations, however they need to be willing to participate in a First Nation Culturally based ceremony (Circle Process). They need to be willing to accept ownership of their actions, and how they have impacted the victim, and the community as a whole.

Types of referrals accepted
Generally we accept low-risk, Minor type offences, usually first time offenders, self-identified as First Nations (or Metis), however we have experience with Domestic Violence*(common assault c.c.266, spousal assault, assault with weapon c.c. 267) *- In domestic assault cases, it is reviewed on a case-by case basis, as we would not take serious assaults where hospitalization was required, or serious weapon usage in the offence.

Take Referrals for Serious Offences
We have dealt with: Impaired Driving causing Death, Sexual Assault, Armed Robbery, and Assault causing bodily harm. These were sentencing Circles that were conducted within the courthouse. Again, on a case by case basis, to be evaluated by the RJ team to determine if it is an acceptable referral.

Victim Involvement
It is absolutely imperative that the victim’s voice be heard with the Circle process. Preference for in person, or via online, however we have conducted circles with a written impact statement.

What forms are required?
We have a referral form, which details who would be involved (offender and victim contact information), and brief indication of offence. We use the CIP form, which details the crime, and the situation around it.

General info re: time to adjudicate RJ process
We generally ask for a 3 month adjournment to work the process with the referred offender. In this time, we conduct a Circle (more if required) and make recommendations for the offender (and encourage the victim to complete some recommendations as well).

Case closure reporting
Generally we have a circle completion form, which details the recommendations from the circle, and can forward that to the referral agency if requested. Information NOT disclosed on the form is details that were shared with the circle.

Capacity to take on additional referrals
We currently have the capacity to take on new referrals, and would be able to assist the courts with such matters. If needed, we can expand our capacity to deal with any new and additional referrals.

Staffing/volunteers
We use a combination of both volunteers and paid staff.

Facilitator Training Requirements
Facilitators have to be trained in: Circle Process (healing, peacemaking circles), Conflict resolution, Trauma informed practices, grief and loss, and cultural experience, and spiritually balanced, as well as life experiences. Elders will be culturally balanced, with deep knowledge of their own experiences, and the learning from those experiences. They have to be able to bring peace, love and harmony to the process.

Prosecutions Office Region
Saddle Lake, St. Paul Lakeland, Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Vilna, Ashmont, St. Paul, Kehewin Cree Nation, Bonnyville, Onion Lake Cree Nation, Frog Lake Cree Nation, Kikino Metis Settlement, Cold Lake, Cold Lake First Nation, Elizabeth Metis Settlement, Lac La Biche, Fishing Lake Metis Settlement