Governance and Justice
Councillors-Rachel Manitowabi, Lorraine Fox
Wiikwemkoong Governance Unit
Noella Jacko is the Governance Unit Manager for Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory since January 26, 2015. Currently, Wiikwemkoong is progressing towards the strengthening of our own Governance Structure and Governance Process with continuous improvements. This will lead to greater quality of life and increased well-being for all Wiikwemkoong Anishinabek.
Wiikwemkoong Peacemaker Justice Program
Wiikwemkoong Justice includes Diversion, Bail Supervision, Gladue Reports, Gladue Aftercare and (Victim) Wellness and Support programming. Justice staff are Lora Mackie (Justice Co-ordinator), Graham Trudeau (Community Justice Program Worker), Gladys Wakegijig (Bail Supervision/Gladue Aftercare) and Frances Mandamin (Victim Wellness and Support).
Contact our office at 705-859-3122.
Diversion is available for youth (ages 12 to 17) and adult accused persons. Pre-charge diversion is where the police can refer a matter to the program instead of laying a charge. Post-charge diversion is where the Crown Attorney may refer a matter to the program and withdraw the charge upon completion of the Plan of Healing from the program. A person who accepts responsibility for the incident can be considered for diversion. This is not the same as pleading guilty or a criminal conviction. Once a case is diverted, the Justice Program works with the client to develop and complete a Plan of Healing. The program facilitates a justice circle to develop the Plan. The circle is not a court that decides guilt. The client must accept responsibility before coming to the circle. The client’s plan may include referrals to counselling, restitution or community service work.
Some offences are generally not eligible for diversion including spousal assault, sexual offence matters, child abuse matters, offences involving the serious injury or death of a person, and weapons offences.
Bail supervision may be available for band members held in custody awaiting trial. The individual completes an intake with the program so that a plan ca be offered to the court. The person must be agreeable to reporting, potential referrals to services and to abiding by conditions of release. The program also provides support services, including contacting legal counsel and access to Elders.
A Gladue Report written for bail or sentencing by our contracted writers, provides background information of the accused person and includes factors that help explain what has brought the person before the court. The report will also include recommendations as an alternative plan to custody or for services while in custody. The report will be taken into consideration by the judge where a person has pled or been found guilty.
An individual who has been referred from the court or wishes to obtain support services after being sentenced, may participate in the Gladue Aftercare program. This provides support to the client, including access to Elders.
Victim Wellness and Support Services
The (Victim) Wellness and Support Program offers support to persons who are victims of crime. Support includes assistance with understanding court processes, referrals to support services, assistance with filling in forms, and access to Elders. The program also includes general public education to promote safety and wellness and to prevent victimization.