The Indigenous Justice Centre (IJC) in Merritt offers legal services to Indigenous people in the community who otherwise cannot access it. They may not be eligible for Legal Aid for a variety of reasons, or need legal advice on matters not covered by Legal Aid.
The Merritt IJC is a diverse team providing services to the surrounding communities, with an in house Community Outreach Coordinator working with Nations and local service providers to maintain accurate, up-to-date information on each program, eligibility criteria, waitlists and more for programming that may be of interest to our clients.
The Merritt IJC can also assist with reintegration services for people coming back into community from correctional institutions.
Come in and meet with our Community Outreach Coordinator, or our staff, and they will work to help you decide what services are appropriate for you.
Some of the services could be the following:
- An appointment with Legal Aid
- A meeting with our lawyer
- Advocacy and support for dealing with the Ministry of Children & Family Development
- A liaison to help you get support from your First Nations Band
- Creating a restorative justice program that works for you
Merritt IJC Service Area
- Upper Nicola
- Lower Nicola
The Merritt IJC has an active Elder who is available to spend time with the clients and staff for advice or general support.