Aboriginal Justice Strategy

  • February 16, 2002

WHEREAS the Canadian Bar Association has advocated the need for alternative Aboriginal justice initiatives and has been an active supporter of the Aboriginal Justice Strategy operated by the federal Department of Justice;

WHEREAS long term commitment and funding are required to properly design, assess and implement programs to address issues that fall within the mandate of the federal Aboriginal Justice Strategy;

WHEREAS the Aboriginal Justice Learning Network (the Learning Network) is part of the Aboriginal Justice Strategy which brings together constituent groups and provides the possibility of cooperative partnership as a vehicle for constructive change;

WHEREAS the Aboriginal Law Section has actively participated in the Learning Network since its inception under the Aboriginal Justice Strategy;

WHEREAS the current Aboriginal Justice Strategy funding commitment ends March 31, 2002;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Canadian Bar Association urge the federal government to continue operation of, and increase funding for, the Aboriginal Justice Strategy (including the Learning Network) on a permanent priority basis, or at least for an additional five years, until March 31, 2007.

Certified true copy of a resolution carried as amended by the Council of the Canadian Bar Association at the Mid-Winter Meeting held in Moncton, N.B., February 16-17, 2002.

John D.V. Hoyles

Executive Director