The Miawpukek Mi'kamawey Mawi'omi First Nation has entered into a funding agreement with the Department of Justice Canada to manage the Miawpukek First Nation (MFN) Healing and Sentencing Program.
The objectives of the Program are to: continue to strengthen the capacity of local First Nations around the management of justice issues; continue to draw upon the strengths of community members and resources to promote community-building practices particularly in relation to justice issues; identify and mobilize the resources offered through the traditional Mi'kmaq approach to justice and community building; and, stay current with the evolving roles of the Provincial and Federal Justice systems on a local level as well as on a larger scale.
The activities the organization will undertake to meet the objectives are to: promote the Mi'kmaq Traditional Justice practices through healing and sentencing circles, by conducting community presentations and school presentations; attend monthly Departmental meetings to share current developments within MFN HSP to ensure that both the MFN Justice Initiative and government understand each other's respective roles; and, gather feedback and information from community members on the benefits of the circle process.
The partners the organization will work with on this program are: RCMP, Band Manager, Justice Department members, Police Advisory Committee and other influential individuals, Victim Services, Adult and Youth Probation, and Child Youth and Family Services.
The expected results of the program are to: provide youth an opportunity to show respect for traditional methods by encouraging them to participate in their own circle sentencing process; give the participants an opportunity to collaborate on justice related matters; and, use the information gathered on retribution for future circle sentencing.
The clientele the Program will serve are: adult and youth community members.
The name of the Aboriginal community the Program will serve is: Miawpukek.