As part of its developing strategic plan, the STC Urban First Nations Services Inc. Justice Program (1997) delivers the Extrajudicial Measures Program (EMP) and Youth Circles Preventative Program (YCPP). The two programs work in cooperation to provide services to all at-risk youth ages 12 - 17 in Saskatoon, including youth with a transient history, many of whom are of aboriginal descent.
The programs assist victims, at-risk youth, their families and their community in understanding individual rights, the justice system, mediation, reintegration and family rebuilding processes. They act as a vehicle in understanding the current justice system’s confusing and mechanical approach to justice. The programs aspire to assist youth in understanding and maintaining the conditions of their supervised mediation agreement, a service not provided by the formal justice process.
Extrajudicial Measures Program
The STC Extrajudicial Measures Program aims to restore balance and harmony to all citizens affected by crime. The primary goal of the program is to assist youth in taking responsibility for and repairing the harm caused by their conduct, thereby achieving victim satisfaction.
Pre-charge and post-charge referrals are received from Saskatchewan Public Prosecutions with assistance from a Screening Committee. With a focus on mediation, youth enter into victim/offender agreements. Extrajudicial Measures workers facilitate these victim/offender agreements, which are monitored to completion. Written updates are provided to the Crown who withdraws successful matters or makes a determination to continue in youth court on unsuccessful or partially completed agreements.
Youth Circles Preventative Program
This program receives referrals of moderate to high-risk youth who are under court-ordered custody or non-custodial sanctions with community service (deferred custody/open/closed). The program links the youths with existing youth and family-oriented programs/services provided by STC and other agencies in the City of Saskatoon. A Community Safety Plan is developed for each youth referred to the program. Reintegration workers mentor youth in meeting identified needs in the Community Safety Plan.
The Program also coordinates and plans ongoing relationship-building and team- oriented activities, which may include Elders, youth from other programs, youth workers, police officers, community members/agencies and funders. The aim is to move at-risk youth away from a pro-criminal lifestyle by providing them with skills and continuing support.