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Putting People on a Better Path

We see justice in a broad, holistic sense, which includes social justice. Social justice embodies the idea of creating asafe, secure and caring society where there is full and equal participation of all stakeholders, and which is mutually shaped to meet their needs.

The DOJCS is both committed to social justice principles and to establishing productive strategic partnerships with organizations that can help our people heal and succeed. Through our combined efforts and expertise, we seek to help put people on a better path in life and achieve their potential, by providing the programs, services, information and support they need to make better, healthier choices and see themselves as a better self.

 

Four Traditional Areas

As described below, we work together with key partners to promote, provide or facilitate access to programs and services in each of the traditional areas of Mind, Spirit, Emotions and Physical.

MIND

Healing of the self requires good information, so that better decisions can be made. Our culture and our land is naturally healing, so we engage with local Elders, the Regional Elders Council, the Cree Trappers Association and others to ensure our people restore balance by reconnecting to their culture and traditions.

We count as valued partners Cree Human Resources Development (CHRD) department, local community leadership, the Eeyou Eenou Police Force, Cree Board of health and Social Services (CBHSSJB), the Cree School Board and the Cree Women of Eeyou Istchee Association who offer the knowledge to address issues that affect women, including family violence and economic participation.

We also partner with organizations like Public Safety Canada, the National Crime Prevention Centre, Justice Canada, Employment and Social Development Canada, Justice Quebec, the Quebec Ministry of Public Safety, and others to access the latest programs and services and evidence-based information on crime prevention.Finally, partners like the Child Development Institute provide the information and skills we need to intervene early in the lives of at-risk children.

SPIRIT

We promote healing by offering support to our clientele in both traditional and contemporary spiritual practices. Justice or Corrections services and related events feature the participation of Elders who share their wisdom, values and beliefs with our people, as well as community-based spiritual leaders like Ministers and Deacons, for those who wish to consult with them.

EMOTIONS

Emotional healing consists in putting a troubled past behind oneself. Our departmental psychologist works closely with clientele supporting in their emotional healing. The support is also provided through our Cree CAVAC officers who helps victims and families through emotional trauma. Our justice committees help individuals restore balance and health in their communities. We can as well draw upon our partners include the CBHSSJB. We also engage counsellors, mental health professionals, conflict coaches and mediators.

PHYSICAL

A strong and healthy self is essential to create the conditions for success in other areas. When creating programs or dealing with broader social issues in the Cree Nation, we access and engage partners such as Cree community recreation departments, CBHSSJB staff including nutritionists, medical doctors and nurses, NADAP workers and local youth councils, to ensure our people have the resources needed to restore or maintain their physical health.