Justice Canada

Aboriginal Court Worker Program

Program Summary

The purpose of the Aboriginal Court work Program is to help Aboriginal people in conflict with the criminal justice system obtain fair, equitable, culturally-sensitive treatment.

The objectives of the Aboriginal Court work Program are to:

  • Assist Aboriginal people to understand their right to speak on their own behalf or to request legal counsel; and, to better understand the nature of the charges against them and the philosophy and functioning of the criminal justice system;
  • Assist those involved in the administration of the criminal justice system become aware and appreciate the values, customs, languages and socio-economic conditions of Aboriginal people; and
  • Respond to problems and special needs caused by communication barriers between Aboriginal people and those who are involved in the administration of the criminal justice system.

Eligible Recipients

Provincial and Territorial governments are eligible to receive federal financial support for Aboriginal Court work Program services.

All Aboriginal people in conflict with the law in Canada are eligible to receive Court work services regardless of their status, age or residency.
 

Contact Information

306.787.9307

Aboriginal Court Work Program
Programs Branch, Department of Justice Canada
284 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H8

Or electronically to: pb-dgp@justice.gc.ca
Or by phone at: 613.941.4193