INDIAN FRIENDSHIP CENTRE
122 EAST Street
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON
Indigenous Family Courtworker Program(IFCP)
Pam Showan Ext 2203
Goals & Objectives
The goals of the IFCP is to assist Indigenous people involved in the Canadian justice system to better understand their
rights, options and responsibilities when appearing before the courts, this would include the following, Indigenous Adults charged under Criminal Code of Canada, Youth Court 12-17 yrs., (date of the
offence), Child Protection and Family Court Matters (Youth where directed by program supervisor).
The objectives of the IFCP are:
Assist Indigenous people to understand their right to speak on their own behalf or to request legal counsel, to better
understand the nature of the charges against them and the philosophy and functioning of the criminal justice system.
Assist in enhancing the awareness and appreciation of the values, customs, languages and socio-economic conditions of
Indigenous people on the part of those involved in the administration of the criminal justice system.
Respond to the problems and special needs caused by communication anc cultural barriers which exist between Indigenous and
those who are involved in the administration of the criminal justice system.
Indigenous Criminal Courtworker(ICCP)
Samantha Boyer - Ext.2159
Goals & Objectives
The ICCP is funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG). The goal of the ICCP is to navigate Indigenous participants
to better understand their rights, options and responsibilities when appearing before the criminal courts.
The objectives of the ICCP are:
Facilitate and enhance access to the Canadian Legal System and inform participants of the philosophy of the
Advocate on behalf of participants to law professionals such as Judges, Crown Attorneys, Legal Aid, Probation Officers and
Custodial Program Workers.
To ensure Indigenous people involved in the criminal justice system are given due process, understand their rights,
responsibilities and options.
To ensure participants receive fair and legal representation. To liaise between the court personnel and the participant
to address cultural misunderstandings
Courthouse Contact Numbers
Sault Ste Marie: 705 945 8000
Blind River and Elliot Lake: 705 848 2500
Wawa: 705 945 8000
Counting since March 20, 2017