Aboriginal Justice Implementation Commission
November 1999



MARCH 31, 2001



Paul L. A. H. Chartrand
Wendy Whitecloud


Eva McKay
Doris Young

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1. Background

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.

  • Providing a report on the current status of implementation of the recommendations of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry in the areas for which the Manitoba Government is responsible and accountable.
  • Consulting with Manitobans on priority areas for action.
  • Consulting with Manitobans on implementation strategies.
  • Providing the Manitoba Government with recommendations on practical, cost-effective and attainable, implementation and funding strategies in the priority areas as those recommendations are developed.

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 and quarterly reports, can be found at the Commission’s website at

2. Activities

The Commission made three recommendations concerning the following areas:

  • Young Offenders,
  • Aboriginal Employment Strategy, and
  • Policing.

Those recommendations are attached as Schedules 1 to 3.

The Commission continued to work in the priority areas it established through consultation with Manitobans. Those priority areas are:

Child Welfare
Equity Issues
Community Justice
Early Support and Crime Prevention Measures for Youth
Violence towards Women and Children
Aboriginal Rights
Northern Flood Agreement
Treaty Land Entitlement
Métis Issues


Other Activities

The Commission has posted the following consultation papers on its website and intends to post other consultation papers as they are completed:

  • Aboriginal Justice College
  • Aboriginal Employment Strategy
  • Aboriginal Policing in Manitoba
  • Making Aboriginal Issues Matter in the Government of Manitoba
  • Recognition, Reconciliation and Healing
  • Trust Responsibility and the Co-ordination of Aboriginal Issues in the United States: Potential Applications in Canada
  • Towards a Mètis Policy
  • Report on Domestic Violence Policies and Their Impact on Aboriginal People

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 continued discussions with the consultant retained to conduct a survey of the political leadership in Aboriginal organizations to comment on Commission priorities and tentative approaches.

Commission staff was invited and attended the Island Lake Justice Conference at Wasagamack First Nation on March 12 to 14, 2001. A presentation on the Aboriginal Justice Implementation Commission was made to the community and Commission staff noted their concerns with regards to the Justice issues.

The Commission also met with the Joint Management Committee of the AJI-Child Welfare Initiative and discussed the progress of the initiative.

A Round table discussion was held with the Commission and Senior Government officials to discuss the consultation paper "Making Aboriginal Issues Matter in Government".


3. Next Steps


The Commission’s current mandate has been extended to June 30, 2001. The Commission, over the next quarter, will be engaged in continuing consultations and communicating with Government departments and Aboriginal organizations to work together towards recommendations for implementation.

The Commission has received commentary and feedback from government departments and Aboriginal organizations with respect to Consultation papers and potential recommendations. In the next three months the Commission will be working towards more recommendations for the Manitoba Government, and the development of its Final Report.

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