PGUAJS will “coordinate and maintain a Youth Diversion Program for youth of aboriginal descent, who are between the ages of 12 and 17 years old and reside within the City of Prince George.”
“The Program will emphasize cultural appropriateness while being in accordance with the Extra Judicial Measures and Sanctions provisions of Section 4-12 of the Youth Criminal Justice Act and incorporates “restorative justice” principles of both community accountability panels and victim / offender reconciliation.”
Referring Partners include, but are not limited to: CROWN COUNSEL; the RCMP; SCHOOL DISTRICT; MCFD SOCIAL WORKERS; ABORIGINAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.
Restorative justice circles are held for youth that have committed summary offences and have been referred by the partners listed above. An agreement is formulated through the circle process and must be completed by the youth in a fixed amount of time. The PGUAJS team will support the youth in completing their agreement. If the youth is in full compliance of their agreement, charges will be dropped. If compliance is reported as non or partial, the referring agency will decide the outcome. The aim of our Youth Diversion program is to promote healing, reparation, reconciliation, restitution and restoring balance, in a fair, just and culturally appropriate way.