Justice Canada

Aboriginal Court Worker Program

Program Summary:

The purpose of the Indigenous Courtwork Program is to help Indigenous people involved in the criminal justice system to obtain, fair, just, equitable and culturally relevant treatment.

The objectives of the Indigenous Courtwork Program are to:

  • Assist Indigenous 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 Indigenous people; and
  • Respond to problems and special needs caused by communication barriers between Indigenous people and those who are involved in the administration of the criminal justice system.

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Eligible Recipients

Provincial and Territorial governments are eligible to receive federal financial support for Indigenous 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:

Saskatchewan Aboriginal Courtworker Program (306) 787-9307