November 20, 2020 – Kitigan Zibi, Quebec – Department of Justice Canada and Ministère de la Justice du Québec
Canadians expect to live in a society where the criminal justice system is fair and impartial, responds to the harms caused by crime and helps to keep them safe. An effective justice system encourages meaningful engagement and accountability, and provides an opportunity for healing, reparation and reintegration.
In recognition of Restorative Justice Week (November 15-22), Wednesday, the Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced the Government of Canada’s continued support to restorative justice initiatives across the country. In Quebec, these initiatives also receive a significant and growing support from the Government of Quebec. Today, William Amos, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry (Science), on behalf of Minister Lametti, as well as Mr. Mathieu Lévesque, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Justice of Québec, on behalf of the latter, want to highlight the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg restorative justice program.
Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Restorative Justice Circle is one of the organizations present in Quebec that receive government funding aimed to support restorative justice initiatives. The Department of Justice Canada has committed to providing $105,000 over three years, from 2019 to 2022, to the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Restorative Justice Circle under Justice Canada’s Indigenous Justice Program. The Ministère de la Justice du Québec, who is also providing funding to Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, has already committed to providing 70 000$ over the first two years, but that commitment could reach 105 000$ over three years (from 2019 to 2022).
Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg and its Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Restorative Justice Circle strives to bring back the traditional teachings of the Algonquin people which have been lost through the impact of colonialism, loss of lands, loss of the Algonquin language, culture and teachings. This program is a place of reconciliation and healing for victims, the offenders, their families, and the community with particular emphasis on first time youth “offenders” to prevent recidivism.