Champagne and Aishihik First Nations has entered into a funding agreement with the Department of Justice Canada to implement and manage the Haines Junction Community Justice Program.
The objective of the Haines Junction Community Justice Program is to contribute to a decrease in the rates of victimization, crime and incarceration of Aboriginal people by assuming greater responsibility for the administration of justice through the delivery of a community-based restorative justice program that is culturally relevant and reflective of community needs. The program will deliver training and workshops to the Justice Committee; promote and increase awareness through education and presentations to Elders, community members, and youth on crime prevention and crisis support to build safe communities; and, increase program presence in the corrections system to ensure culturally appropriate components are available.
Partnerships are established with the justice community including the RCMP, legal counsels, local boys and girls clubs, Whitehorse Correctional Centre, Council of Yukon First Nations Court Workers program and Yukon Territorial Government agencies. The Haines Junction Community Justice Program will result in increased knowledge and participation in safe justice community models that incorporate culturally appropriate initiatives and teachings and will focus on community Elders, families and youth. The Haines Junction Community Justice Program will provide restorative justice and dispute resolution to the communities of Champagne Landing 10, Haines Junction, Kloo Lake Settlement and Klukshu River Settlement.