To restore a greater degree of responsibility by the Aboriginal community within the City of Thunder Bay for the conduct of Aboriginal people in conflict with the justice system.
To encourage offenders to accept responsibility for their criminal behaviour and to be accountable for their own conduct by becoming active in rectifying the wrong they have caused.
To demonstrate that the Aboriginal Community Council Program can reduce the rate at which Aboriginal participants in the program re-offend in comparison to the rate at which Aboriginal people re-offend after being convicted and sentenced in the regular court system.
Applications are received from youth (12 – 17 years) and adults charged with criminal offences or certain Provincial Offences such as the Liquor License Act and Trespass to Property Act and who normally reside within the City of Thunder Bay.
Offences Usually Eligible for Diversion:
Take motor vehicle without consent.
Certain offences are never eligible for diversion such as offences involving serious personal violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and Criminal Code driving offences such as impaired driving, etc.
The accused person must accept responsibility for the offence(s) he or she has committed.
The accused person may apply for diversion through the Native Criminal, Family or Combined Courtworkers. Referrals can be made through any of the Friendship Centre Program Staff and members of the judiciary.
Diversions to the A.C.C.P. are considered in consultation with the Crown Attorney and the Program Coordinator based on facts pertaining to:
Circumstances of the offence.
Background of the offender.
Views of the victim… victim(s) are encouraged to participate in the Circle/Hearing.
Contact the Aboriginal Community Council Program
Aboriginal Community Council Program Volunteer Application Form: