The File Hills Qu'Appelle Tribal Council Inc. has entered into a funding agreement with the Department of Justice Canada to manage and deliver the File Hills Qu'Appelle Tribal Council Community Justice Program. The Restorative Justice Unit coordinates the development and implementation of community justice structures, plans and services for the eleven member First Nations of the Tribal Council (Carry The Kettle, Little Black Bear, Muscowpetung, Nekaneet, Okanese, Pasqua, Peepeekisis, Piapot, Standing Buffalo, Star Blanket and Wood Mountain First Nations) and the town of Fort Qu'Appelle.
The Restorative Justice Unit will reorganize the Community Justice Program under four pillars: Technical Services, Community Development, Training, and Governance. Core restorative justice services fall under the Technical Services pillar and include mediation, circle facilitation, negotiation and administration of affiliated programs.
The Community Development pillar will address the justice needs of the member First Nations. Each First Nation is unique with specific justice priorities. Community Justice Committees will identify areas of concern specific to their communities and justice development officers will assist in the research and development of appropriate solutions.
The Training pillar is a collaborative initiative with Yorkton and Touchwood Agency Tribal Councils and will address the basic mediation and circle facilitation training needs.
The Governance pillar is a new initiative that will address bylaws, wills and estates workshops, natural law workshops, legal life skills and legal preparation when new laws are coming into effect.