In the past fiscal year, PGUAJS has delivered three exciting projects to community and our fellow Justice Workers!
1. Elders Justice Council – funded by the New Horizon for Seniors
Five Elders were recruited and provided 10 orientation sessions lending an overview of the judicial system. This training has prepared them to participate in restorative justice projects through PGUAJS and in anticipation of First Nations Court. First Nations Court is a project of Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of BC, a community partner.
Your 2017 Prince George Elders Justice Council
2. Community Capacity Building – funded by the Department of Justice
The Capacity Grant brought eleven Northern Justice Workers together on two separate occasions. The Justice Worker conferences gave the opportunity to develop relationships and to learn how community services network for the benefit of our clients.
During the first conference, the Justice Workers had the opportunity of learning from our Prince George partners, including:
· Area Manager for Community Corrections
· Regional Native Courtworker Manager
· Community Policing team including, the Car 60 team, which consists of an RCMP member and a community mental health nurse
· A tour of the RCMP detachment; the Courthouse and PGRCC
· Crown Counsel
The second conference was held at Camp Trapping, as an opportunity to experience first hand a valuable resource for their youth, who are in conflict with the judicial system. This conference included a two- day FASD overview by White Crow Village of Vancouver, BC and ended with a Sweat Lodge Ceremony led by Marcel Gagnon, Lheidli Tenneh Elder and Pipe Carrier, complete with a Traditional Feast.
Getting ready for a feast after a sweat lodge ceremony at the 2017 Justice Worker Conference
3. The Prince George Harmony in Relationships Youth Campaign – funded by the National RCMP Family Violence Initiative Fund
The intent of this project was to “deliver workshops and activities that would create awareness about violence in relationships and family violence. Working with a community partner, Justice Education Society, workshops were delivered to youth within S.D.# 57 with an Anti Bullying Day finale that included music by Aboriginal musicians Kim Gouchie, and Joel West, who are both motivational speakers that addressed their own struggles with youth violence and bullying. Over 250 youth participated in this event.
Superintendent Warren Brown and Mayor Lynn Hall Flash Mob!
Also! At this event we revealed two Buddy Benches that were gifted to the Aboriginal Education Department. Stay tuned to see where they will be placed! And thank you once again to PGRCC for all of your support, as well as, JTM Home Solutions and Vanway Cabinets for supplying materials!
Buddy Bench to be placed at SD57 Elementary Schools