Background of the Organization:
The First Peoples Justice Centre of Montreal was established in 2016 as a non-profit organization, with a mandate to help Indigenous people navigate the justice system — or avoid it all together. The Centre offers support services, guidance and accompaniment to Indigenous peoples involved in the justice and correctional system regarding criminal, penal, family or civil matters; provides culturally appropriate alternative conflict resolution mechanisms adapted to Indigenous values and approaches; and develops culturally appropriate tools to improve understanding of the issues and underlying causes of crimes committed by Indigenous people.
The First Peoples Justice Centre of Montreal will use funds from the Foundation to introduce Indigenous approaches to justice and sentencing in Montreal. Over the next three years, the Centre will:
- Launch three core programs to shape an alternative justice structure for Indigenous
- Peoples: Prevention and Diversion; Intervention; and Awareness and Capacity Building
- Train Centre staff in Gladue Report1 writing, which is used in pre-sentencing and bail hearings for offenders of Indigenous backgrounds
- Share success stories and lessons with other communities in Quebec.