Indigenous Court Worker Program

INDIAN FRIENDSHIP CENTRE
122 EAST Street
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON
P6A 3C6

 

705-256-5634

 

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 courts.

 

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