Departments, Portfolios and Affiliates

Metis Justice Institute

Minister: Julyda Lagimodiere

The Metis Justice Institute (MJI) of the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is assigned the task of focusing responsibility and authority for justice issues within the MMF.

The MJI is guided by the following objectives:

  1. To reduce the number of Metis people involved in the Criminal Justice System
  2. To prevent and reduce crime, as well as enhance the safety and well-being of Metis individuals and the Metis Community
  3. To strengthen Metis families and the Metis Community to promote a strong Nation
  4. To support the grassroots level where justice measures are developed and delivered by individuals who have a direct interest in the Metis Community
  5. To ensure that justice measures are culturally specific and incorporate Metis values, traditions and culture

The mandate of the MJI is to develop and maintain a full range of justice services and programs that meet the expectations of the Metis Community in Manitoba.

Since the inception of the MJI in 2003, the MJI has continued to lobby Manitoba and Canada to work towards the development of Metis Justice Programs and Services. The MJI has utilized information obtained through Metis Community Consultations to begin to develop proposals that will re-focus efforts to develop Metis Community Justice Programming that will support Metis Citizens involved in the Criminal Justice System.

Current Initiatives for the Metis Justice Institute include:

  • The Metis Community Justice Program
  • The Thompson Community Justice Program
  • The Justice Support Program
  • Thompson Domestic Violence Treatment Court
  • Policing
  • Metis Community Inquiries
  • Justice Programming
    • Domestic Violence Counselling
    • Anger Management Programming
  • Provincial Police Act

The Metis Justice Institute can be reached at the following:

Metis Justice Institute & Justice Support Program
Manitoba Metis Federation Inc.
150 Henry Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3B 0J7

Direct Line: 204-949-9557
Switchboard: 204-586-8474
Toll Free: (800) 665-8474
Fax: 204-956-0136

Current Initiatives of the Metis Justice Institute

The Metis Community Justice Program

The Metis Community Justice Program (MCJP) is a Court Diversion Program that enhances the capacity of the Metis community to deliver culturally appropriate justice alternatives that support the diversion of Metis people from the mainstream justice system to a community-based alternative.

The MCJP works with individuals that are referred to us as clients from the Crown or RCMP and it is our responsibility to assist the client through community-based alternatives.

The MCJP has staff located in The Northwest, The Pas and Interlake Regions. If you would like further information regarding this program please contact our office or one of our Regional Staff Members located at the Regional Offices below.

Metis Community Justice Worker
Interlake Region

P.O. Box 390
St. Laurent, Manitoba
R0C 2S0

Switchboard: 204-646-2706
Toll Free: (866) 317-3347
Fax: 204-646-4171

Metis Community Justice Worker
The Pas Region

215 - 2nd Street
The Pas, Manitoba
R9A 1M2

Switchboard: 204-623-5701
Fax: 204-623-2825

Metis Community Justice Worker
Northwest Region

40 - 1st Avenue N.W.
Dauphin, Manitoba
R7N 1G7

Switchboard: 204-638-9485
Toll Free: (877) 542-4925
Fax: 204-638-3878

Thompson Community Justice Program

The Thompson Community Justice Program (TCJP) is a Court Diversion Program that enhances the capacity of the community within the City of Thompson to deliver culturally appropriate justice alternatives that support the diversion of residents within the City of Thompson from the mainstream justice system to a community-based alternative.

The TCJP works with individuals that are referred to us as clients from the Crown or RCMP and it is our responsibility to assist the client through community-based alternatives.

The TCJP has staff located in The Thompson Regional Office. If you would like further information regarding this program please contact our office or one of our Regional Staff Members located at the Regional Office below.

Thompson Community Justice Worker
Thompson Region

171 Cree Road
Thompson, Manitoba
R8N 0C2

Switchboard: 204-677-1430
Toll Free: (866) 677-1430
Fax: 204-677-2240

Justice Support Program

The goal of the Justice Support Program is to assist men and women in conflict with the justice system to reintegrate into the community.

The program is mandated to serve Metis, Non-Status and Inuit community members that have been remanded, have been released from provincial or federal correctional facilities or have received community dispositions.

The Justice Support Program assists individuals to overcome barriers and address basic needs such as income, clothing, housing, health, family, etc. The program focuses on developing life skills and promoting job skills and ultimately supports individuals to become employment or education ready.

The Justice Support Program has staff located in Winnipeg at the Manitoba Metis Federation Home Office. If you would like further information regarding this program please contact our office.

Metis Justice Institute & Justice Support Program
Manitoba Metis Federation Inc.
150 Henry Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3B 0J7

Direct Line: 204-949-9557
Switchboard: 204-586-8474
Toll Free: (800) 665-8474
Fax: 204-956-0136

Thompson Domestic Violence Treatment Court

In July 2011, the MJI was approached by the Thompson Provincial Court to become a partner in the development of a Domestic Violence Treatment Court Pilot Project. The Provincial Court took a proactive approach to the development of the Court as a review of the nature of individual first appearances within the system in Thompson revealed that 65% of all Court appearances were related to domestic violence. As a result, the Provincial Court assembled stakeholders to assist the Court to develop a treatment plan to help decrease the incidents by individuals agreeing to counselling as part of the court process.

The Thompson Domestic Violence Treatment Court is aimed specifically for residents located within the City of Thompson.

The MJI is responsible for the intake process of the program and referring individuals to proper resources located within the City of Thompson based on recommendations from the Crown Attorney and Duty Counsel.

If you would like further information regarding the Court please feel free to contact our Office or the Staff Member located within The Thompson Regional Office.

Policing

The MJI has actively participated in the monthly meetings with the RCMP "D" Division Aboriginal Policing Services to focus on the development of working relationship in regards to policing of Metis Citizens within Manitoba. These monthly meetings have focused on discussion and development of Communications Memorandum of Understanding and a staff secondment to look at policing gaps within the Metis Community.

An RCMP Officer has been seconded to the Manitoba Metis Federation Home Office through the development of a Communications Memorandum of Understanding between the MMF MJI and the Manitoba RCMP. The RCMP Metis Initiatives Coordinator has assisted with:

  • Program Partnerships with the RCMP in the MMF Regions
  • Assistance to Metis Citizens with Policing Issues
  • Assistance to Metis Citizens interested in the RCMP as a Career

If you would like more information or require assistance please contact the RCMP Initiatives Coordinator at:

Metis Justice Institute
Manitoba Metis Federation Inc.
150 Henry Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3B 0J7

Direct Line: 204-949-9557
Switchboard: 204-586-8474
Toll Free: (800) 665-8474

Metis Community Inquiries

The Metis Justice Institute welcomes Metis Community Inquires that seek out assistance with information regarding resources available to help with justice issues and concerns. The MJI does not provide legal services or provide money to pay for these services, but will assist with resource information and paperwork completion to help deal with legal issues.

The MJI has a resource listing that can assist in the areas of legal advice, legal aid referrals, pardon information, policing issues, advocacy, addictions, housing, transportation, food and individual support.

If you would like to speak with staff or require any resource information, please feel free to contact our office.

Justice Programming

Domestic Violence Counselling for Female Offenders

The MJI has developed a domestic violence counselling program that is female centered delivered through The Thompson Region of the Manitoba Metis Federation. Approval for program delivery was received from Manitoba Prosecutions on April 11th, 2013. The development of this program will assist the MJI's work with the Domestic Violence Treatment Court in Thompson. The Counselling Program will be utilized by the Thompson Provincial Court to assist women within the Region that agree to counselling as a component of their court involvement.

Referrals for the Counselling Program are received through the Thompson Provincial Court. If you would like further information regarding the programming please feel free to contact our Office or the Staff located at the Thompson Regional Office.

Anger Management Programming

The MJI has developed an Anger Management Program that is delivered within The Pas Region of the Manitoba Metis Federation. Approval for program delivery was received on April 1st, 2013 from The Pas Crown Attorney after a review of program curriculum.

The Programming will be utilized as a component for the Metis Community Justice Program in the Region to assist individuals who require Anger Management as a component of their court involvement.

Referrals to the Program can be received through The Pas Provincial Court, Probations, Community Resources, etc. If you would like further information regarding the programming please feel free to contact our Office or the Staff Member located within The Pas Regional Office.

Provincial Police Act

MMF's submission to the Manitoba Justice Legislative Standing Committee regarding The Police Service Act has resulted in the MMF securing a seat on the Provincial Police Commission. The seat will provide a direct link for MMF as the Metis Government to provide a Metis perspective to the Commission and represent Metis interests on civilian input on policing issues, standards and regulations and dealing with Metis Citizens' concerns, issues and complaints.

The MMF has an appointment to the Commission and a Mandate and Terms of Reference will provide guidance on the Commissions role and responsibility to advise the Attorney General of Manitoba.

Conclusion

The Metis Justice Institute Justice Ministers and staff are very excited to continue to deliver and work towards justice programs and services needed within the Metis Community to assist Metis Community members involved within the Criminal Justice System.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our Office or send an email to the address below.

Metis Justice Institure Values and Principles

Wisdom of the People

The MJI honours the knowledge, wisdom and guidance of our Elders.

The MJI values the knowledge and experience of Metis community members.

Language

The language and words that we use communicate connection, familiarity and heritage. The MJI acknowledges the multiple languages within the Metis community.

Family

Family is the basis of the Metis community. It is the first place we learn about who we are. Family needs are foremost to the well-being of individuals and communities.

The MJI will offer support and access to resources to the whole family, rather than assisting individual clients in isolation.

Community

Individual well-being and health are inseparable from community well-being and health. With this in mind, we recognize that when we work with out clients, their families and communities must be involved as well.

The MJI is committed to social justice and to facilitate change that will address social inequity.

The MJI will work collaboratively with other departments, organizations and agencies to mobilize a range of resources and supports to assist the Metis Community.

Diversity

The MJI acknowledges the diversity within the Metis Community. We will offer respect and dignity to all people, and will strive to make our programs and services equally accessible to all the Metis people of Manitoba.

Cultural Values

The policies and practices of the MJI are guided by the values of honesty, integrity, strength, courage, sharing, kindness and love.