Aboriginal Justice Implementation Commission
FOURTH QUARTERLY REPORT
DECEMBER 31, 2000
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Aboriginal Justice Implementation Commission was established by the Manitoba Government on November 29, 1999, to be:
"responsible for recommending priority areas for government action with respect to those areas for which the Manitoba Government is accountable and responsible; recommending practical, cost-effective and attainable implementation and funding strategies for the activities for priority action within existing Canadian law; reporting on the current status of implementation of the recommendations of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry; and communicating and consulting with Manitobans in relation to the setting of priorities and development of implementation strategies". (O/C 459, 1999)
The Commissioners are Wendy Whitecloud and Paul Chartrand. Elders are Eva McKay and Doris Young.
The Commission views its tasks as:
In carrying out its work, the Commission is required to keep in mind the Framework Agreement, entered into between Canada and First Nations and the Reports of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.
Further information on the Commission, including its terms of reference, first and second quarterly reports can be found at the Commissions website at www.ajic.mb.ca.
The Commission made no recommendations during this quarter, but has forwarded a draft recommendation on the Young Offenders chapter of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry to the Government of Manitoba, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and the Manitoba Metis Federation for comment.
The Commission continued to work in the priority areas it had established through consultation with Manitobans. Those priority areas are:
Early Support and Crime Prevention Measures for Youth
Violence towards Women and Children
Northern Flood Agreement
Treaty Land Entitlement
During the last quarter the Commission or Commission staff met with the following organizations or persons:
The Commission has posted a consultation paper on an Aboriginal Justice College on its website and intends to post other consultation papers as they come available. The Commission continued its deliberations and meetings with representatives of Aboriginal organizations, government officials and experts to develop recommendations in its priority areas. The Commission has also retained a consultant to conduct a survey of the political leadership in Aboriginal organizations to comment on Commission priorities and tentative approaches.
3. Next Stepstop
The Commissions current mandate expires on March 31, 2001. The Commission, over the next quarter, will be engaged in continuing consultations and in preparing a report to provide recommendations to the Government.
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