Current/Actively taking Referrals from the Justice System
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.
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.
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.