Lesser Slave Lake Indian Regional Council has entered into a funding agreement with the Department of Justice Canada to implement and manage the "Finding Balance Justice Program".
The Finding Balance Justice Program will deliver prevention, education and awareness, pre- and post-charge diversion and alternative measures to Lesser Slave Lake Indian Regional Council community members, families and youth. The Program's primary objective is to strengthen traditional justice values and approaches, which will enable the program to provide culturally appropriate services to those in contact with the justice system and to support overall community wellness. The objectives are to develop training tools, deliver workshops to support community justice models on member First Nations; and enhance Elder involvement in all aspects of community justice planning and decision making.
The Program will work with a number of partners including the Lakeshore Regional Police Services and CHOICES Youth Program to increase confidence in the justice system, increase victim and community involvement and reduce recidivism.
The Finding Balance Justice Program will serve the five (5) communities of: Driftpile First Nation, Kapawe'no First Nation, Sawridge First Nation, Sucker Creek First Nation and Swan River First Nation.