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3rd Annual BC First Nations Justice Forum

April 8 - April 10

The BCFNJC is seeking to bring together First Nations leaders, community members, Indigenous legal service providers, subject matter experts, and Indigenous justice-serving organizations for the 3rd Annual BC First Nations Justice Forum.

The 2024 Justice Forum is a free event that will take place on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations at the Westin Bayshore in downtown Vancouver. The forum will take place from Monday, April 8th, 2024, to Wednesday, April 10th, 2024.

Recognizing the significance of relationship-building, harmony, and connection, the theme for the 3rd Annual Justice Forum will be “Collaboration”. This year’s event will build upon and responds to the wisdom and insights gained from the previous 2023 Justice Forum, creating space that fosters connection between communities, Elders and Knowledge Keepers, service providers, and justice-serving organizations.

We look forward to you joining BCNFJC and the other participants in what will be a dynamic, supportive space to advance transformative justice work under the BC First Nations Justice Strategy.

For delegates who meet the necessary criteria as outlined in the application process, travel and accommodation expenses will be reimbursed.

All attendees are responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodation to/from the forum.

Accommodations: Our room block at Westin Bayshore – Vancouver is now full.

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3rd Annual BC First Nations Justice Forum – Program & Agenda

Program: 3rd Annual Justice Forum

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Day 1 – April 8, 2024
TRACK ONE:
Reform of the current criminal justice system so that it is less harmful to our people

 Time Agenda Item Format
8:00 – 9:00 am Registration and Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 am Territory Welcome and Opening Prayer Plenary
9:15 – 9:30 am Welcome and Forum Overview Plenary
9:30 – 10:30 am Opening Remarks from the Justice Council & First Nations Leadership Council Plenary
10:30 – 10:45 am Wellness Break
SESSION ONE: INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S JUSTICE PLAN
10:45 – 11:30 am Celebrating the Indigenous Women’s Justice Plan (IWJP) Plenary
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Breakout (all rooms): Implementing the Indigenous Women’s Justice Plan Breakout
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch Break
SESSION TWO: POLICING, DIVERSION & LEGAL SERVICES DELIVERY
1:30 – 2:00 pm Community Safety, Policing & Oversight Plenary
2:00 – 2:30 pm Presumption of Diversion – Community Justice Panel Plenary
2:30 – 3:00 pm BCFNJC’s Journey to Service Delivery (Legal Services / IJCs / Gladue) Plenary
3:00 – 3:15 pm Wellness Break
3:15 – 4:30 pm Breakouts (Choose One):

  • Paddling Together – Feedback on Service Deliver
  • Towards Self-Determination Over Safety –
    Coordinating a Provincial Approach to First Nations
    Policing in BC
  • BCFNJC’s Diversion Workplan
Breakout
4:30 – 5:00 pm

 

 

Summary of Day 1

Review of Agenda for Day 2

Giveaway!

Closing remarks

Plenary

 

Day 2 – April 9, 2024  

TRACK TWO: Supporting First Nations to restore and reawaken Indigenous legal orders, traditions, and structures

Time Agenda Item Format
8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 am Opening and Overview of Day 2 Plenary
SESSION THREE: FIRST NATIONS LAW IN SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY
9:15 – 10:30 am Revitalizing Indigenous Law Plenary
10:30 – 10:45 am Wellness Break
10:45 am – 12:00 pm Breakouts (all rooms): Strategy 2 Guidebook Breakout
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch Break
SESSION FOUR: FIRST NATIONS LAWS IN CHILD PROTECTION
1:00 – 2:30 pm First Nations Law: Child Protection Plenary
2:30 – 2:45 pm Wellness Break
2:45 – 3:30 pm Breakout (all rooms): Child Protection Breakout
3:30 – 3:45 pm Summary of Day 2, Review Agenda for Day 3 Plenary
3:45 – 4:00 pm Closing Remarks from Council & Giveaway Plenary
4:00 – 5:30 pm Free Time
Honouring Our Accomplices: Ceremony & Feast – Evening of April 9, 2024
5:30 – 6:00 pm Arrival and seating Dinner
6:00 – 8:30 pm Opening Prayer and Ceremony

Dinner & Entertainment – Coastal Wolf Pack

Closing

Dinner


Day 3 – April 10, 2024

Time Agenda Item Format
8:00 – 8:30 am Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00 am Strategy 16: “Tracking Justice” The impacts of the work of BC First Nations Justice Council, First Nations Leaders, the Province of BC and various collaborators. Working on a two-track system:Track 1 – Reform the criminal justice system and Track 2- Restore First Nations legal traditions.
Plenary
SESSION FIVE: TRIPARTITE COLLABORATION
9:00 – 9:45 am Ministers Panel – BCFNJC’s Tripartite Relationship and Commitment to Collaboration Plenary
9:45 – 10:00 am Overview of the workshops Plenary
10:00 – 11:30 am Workshops:

  1. Corrections: Moving forward on Strategies 13 & 14
  2. First Nations Courts: Moving forward on Strategy 12
  3. Public Legal Education: Exploring First Nations Needs
  4. Data for Sustainability: Moving forward on Strategy 16B
  5. Indigenous Law Revitalization: Keeping Women, Girls & 2S+ Safe
11:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Closing Comments from the First Nations Leadership Council
  • Closing Comments from the Justice Council & Giveaway
  • Cultural ‘send-off’/closing protocol
Plenary
12:00 pm Adjournment

Details

Start:
April 8
End:
April 10
Event Category:

Organizer

Justice Forum Events Team
Phone
1-877-602-4858
Email
justiceforum@bcfnjc.com

Venue

Westin Bayshore – Vancouver
1601 Bayshore Dr.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 2V4 Canada
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