Indigenous Justice Centre expansion will create safer communities

“What we have accomplished with the expansion of the IJC network in B.C. is astonishing. In collaboration with First Nations and Indigenous communities, organizations, and leaders across the province, we have successfully established five new IJCs in the span of 12 months, hired a strong team of lawyers, Elders, Knowledge Keepers and outreach workers and are ready to serve the needs of Indigenous people,” said Kory Wilson, chair, BC First Nations Justice Council.

“BCFNJC condemns the distressing and deeply concerning findings of Dr. Zinger’s investigation. Ten years have passed since Spirit Matters was released and we have seen no justice, no improvement, no meaningful, systemic action from the Canadian Government to advance and fulfill the recommendations of the Office of the Correctional Investigator set out in that report – the ever-climbing rates of Indigenous over-incarceration is absolutely unacceptable, and all Canadians should be concerned,” stated Kory Wilson, BCFNJC Chair.

No Justice For Julian Jones

The BC First Nations Justice Council (Justice Council) is appalled that, yet again, the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) has found no fault for a police officer who killed an Indigenous person.

BCFNJC Receives Funding from the Province of British Columbia to Design of Pilot Program to address Structural Factors Contributing to Indigenous Overrepresentation in the Criminal Justice System

“Too often the underlying factors driving contact with the criminal justice system go ignored. Funding dedicated to better understanding these factors is limited, and the existing culturally appropriate supports and programs are insufficient. With this pilot, the BCFNJC intends to focus on harm reduction, education, and providing the necessary supports that promote diversion and healing for our people and communities.”

The BC First Nations Justice Council, British Columbia, and Canada continue to advance Indigenous justice priorities in British Columbia

The BC First Nations Justice Strategy sets the stage for, and commits BC, Canada, and First Nations, to transform the justice system. This will require the federal, provincial governments, the First Nations Justice Council and First Nations, along with leadership of the justice system, to work together in close coordination and partnership to bring about the justice system we have envisioned together.