Elsipogtog Band Council has entered into a contribution agreement with the Department of Justice Canada to manage the Restorative Justice and the Victims Assistance Programs.
Elsipogtog (Big Cove) is the most populous reserve in New Brunswick with a population of 2,500. The Restorative Justice Program delivers a diversion/alternative measures program, and community sentencing, for youth and adults accused or convicted of committing certain criminal offences (e.g. simple assault, shoplifting, mischief). The program engages offenders, victims, Elders and other community members in pre-charge healing circles, and in post-conviction sentencing circles. The program is delivered by a Community Justice Committee, with its 15 members drawn from the community (Elders, youth and women) and from a full range of community services and programs.
The Victims' Assistance Program provides support and pre-trial preparation services as well as post-trial stages of the Criminal Justice System to victims and their families. The program also assists and prepares victims during the pre and post charge stages of the Restorative Justice Program. As well, it provides safety measures and provides support services for victims-at-risk and their families. It also works to raise awareness about and support for the needs of victims in the broader community.