The Nicola Valley Family Justice Services Society has entered into a contribution agreement with the Department of Justice Canada to manage the Nicola Valley Aboriginal Community Justice Program (NVACJP).
The program operates a diversion and dispute resolution program for the five Nicola Valley Indian Bands (Coldwater, Lower Nicola, Nooaitch, Shackan and Upper Nicola).
The program's overall goals are to work in partnership with Canada's justice system for a quality of life that encompasses community safety, healing initiatives, crime prevention and a justice system that fosters respect and understanding with particular attention to First Nations members. The program accomplishes these goals by providing dispute resolution services by trained facilitators to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal individuals in Merritt and the Band communities. With victim and offender consent, the program will also accept referrals to facilitate meetings of family and community members interested in providing advice to the court regarding sentencing.