401 N. Cumberland Street, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7A 4P7
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To develop a sense of Native community in the City of Thunder Bay with opportunities for involvement and control by community members in addressing the issues that affect their lives.

Aboriginal Community Council Program

New Address effective April 1st ,2018
620 Victoria Ave East, 2nd floor
Thunder Bay, ON
P7C 1A9


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.

Client Eligibility

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:

  • Theft.
  • Take motor vehicle without consent.
  • Fraud.
  • Mischief.
  • Cause disturbance.

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:

  • The information in this form will help us to process your application as a Council Member. All responses are strictly voluntary and will be kept strictly confidential.

  • Criteria for Council Member

    • Must be of Aboriginal descent*
    • Understanding of addictions
    • Demonstrated positive role modelling adhering to the Seven Grandfather Teachings
    • Knowledge of social services/programming in Thunder Bay
    • Committed to living a healthy lifestyle
    • Awareness of differences
    • Understanding of judicial system
    • Knowledge of issues affecting Aboriginal people (impact on residential school, abandonment, addictions, racism)
    • Be 18 years of age or older
    • Understanding of extended family dynamics (e.g. Blended families/two spirited, etc.)
    • Understand the transition from a FN community to an urban setting and the concept of extended family

    *Council members must be of Aboriginal descent, but are not expected to meet all other criteria individually, however, all criteria will be met.

  • (e.g. Training/experience working with people in FASD, addictions, grief/loss, mental health)
  • I understand that any participation of my time is entirely voluntary, and that there is no financial reward.