Disclosure of Grant and Contribution Awards

Grant and Contribution Details: 2007-2008 - 1st Quarter
Recipient Name: GITXSAN UNLOCKING ABORIGINAL JUSTICE SOCIETY
Location: Hazelton, British Columbia, Canada
Date: 2007-06-29
Value: $83,000.00
Type: Contribution
Purpose: Serving more than 4,000 people in six communities, the Gitxsan Unlocking Aboriginal Justice Program (GUAJ) operates a pre and post-diversion program. The structure of the GUAJ is based on the House system. In this system, the actions and behaviour of one individual reflect upon the whole of the House. Therefore, the entire House is affected by the offences of an individual. The GUAJ is active in community sentencing and mediation. The acceptance of a referral depends on House support of the offender and the victim as well as the offender's willingness to participate and the victim's consent. Referrals come from individuals, the RCMP, the Crown and other community agencies. The program uses a range of dispositions including various feasts, visiting with Elders and researching genealogy. For youths, the dispositions used more often are curfews, mandatory school attendance and relationship building with family and siblings. A victims assistance program is also offered under the program.
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