The BC Aboriginal Justice Council aims to provide a collective approach to address key issues and concerns that Aboriginal people face with the justice system in British Columbia by challenging approaches that contribute to:
- The growing overrepresentation of Aboriginal children and youth in the care of government;
- Aboriginal men and women who are incarcerated; and
- Productively engage with the government to advance effective strategies that can achieve better outcomes for our people in the justice system.
The Justice Council is composed of seven (7) individuals:
One (1) representative appointed by each of the respective political organizations of the First Nations Summit (FNS), Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC), and British Columbia Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN), according to their own protocol and accord of appointments, for a total of three (3) representatives;
One (1) representative appointed from the Board of Directors of the Native Courtworkers and Counselling Association of British Columbia (NCCABC); and
Three (3) representatives with expertise in Aboriginal Justice in BC, on or off reserve, to be jointly appointed by the respective organizations of the NCCABC, BCAFN, FNS, and UBCIC.
PROCESS AND PRIORITIES
The Justice Council will elect a chairperson by consensus to be responsible for chairing meetings and work with NCCABC staff to arrange meetings, prepare agendas, and report on progress.
To build upon resolutions of the BCAFN, UBCIC, FNS and NCCABC, the goals and priorities of the BCAJC including identifying the policy and program changes and resource realignments required to address the magnitude of issues contributing to the disproportionate patterns of children and youth in care and the overrepresentation of Aboriginal men and women who are incarcerated.