Aboriginal Justice Gets Boost

Image: T. Voekler

Image: T. Voekler

Ontario is creating a new position at the Ministry of the Attorney General: Assistant Deputy Attorney General (ADAG), Aboriginal Justice. The province says the move will strengthen relationships between Aboriginal Peoples and the justice system.

The ADAG, Aboriginal Justice, in collaboration with Aboriginal Peoples, will lead the development of new programs and services to support Aboriginal people in the justice system. The post will be responsible for overseeing the government’s response to the Honourable Frank Iacobucci’s 2013 report, First Nations Representation on Ontario Juries.

This position was created to lead the government’s work on Aboriginal justice issues, which was recommended in the Iacobucci report. Recruitment is to start this month and will include extensive outreach to Aboriginal organizations and communities across Canada.

This is the first recommendation to be implemented in consultation with the Jury Review Implementation Committee, formed in September 2013, to oversee the implementation of recommendations in the Iacobucci report.

Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur said the person chosen for this position will be a recognized leader, innovator and expert and will “build inclusive, positive and respectful relationships with our partners in Aboriginal communities to provide clear direction on responding to the needs of Aboriginal people in our justice system.”

More Information:

Aboriginals and the Jury Roll

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