Indigenous Peoples’ Court Opening March 6 2017

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The Thunder Bay Court House was seen by some as a solution for downtown Fort William

THUNDER BAY – The Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre, in partnership with Nishnawbe- Aski Legal Services, are celebrating the official launch of the Indigenous Peoples’ Court in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The first court of its kind in northwestern Ontario, the first sitting of the Indigenous Peoples’ Court will have its first sitting on March 6, 2017.

“This is a momentous occasion for Indigenous people and for the community of Thunder Bay,” says Charlene Baglien, Executive Director for the Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre. “We are excited to celebrate after years of hard work and dedication to get to this point.”

The courtroom will be located at the Thunder Bay Consolidated Courthouse in the Aboriginal Conference Settlement Suite.

The Indigenous People’s Court will assist in the healing of Indigenous clients in conflict with the law by using an alternative approach to sentencing aligned with Indigenous culture and traditions.