Justice Department

The O'Chiese Justice Department


Welcome New Staff: Nancy Whitehorse, Elders Liaison. Nancy is fluent in Saulteaux and has recently moved to O’Chiese. Come meet her at our next meeting!


The Justice Department is starting a 3 year pilot project starting in September 2019 to have the Justice Elders as part of the sentencing on the O’Chiese Nation.


Elders requested a Justice Department to:

  • Reduce Crime
  • Increase Safety
  • Improve access to legal information
  • Restoration of Traditional Saulteaux Laws within O’Chiese
Justice Elders Meetings
  • Re-established to put together traditional laws, promote a healthier, safer community and to knowledge share
  • Meets weekly on Mondays at 10am lunch is provided
  • Elders attend Legal Awareness Workshops
Legal Awareness Workshops and Legal Information Library
  • Currently 4 Workshops held: FASD Awareness, RCMP Information, Knowing your Rights, T’suu T’ina Peacemakers
  • November 4-Introduction to Restorative Justice
  • More workshops being planned: traffic violations, what to expect in court, addictions and the law etc.
Establishing a Provincial Court at O'Chiese First Nation
  • Working with Provincial Court Judges and Court Administration to hold Provincial Criminal Court at O’Chiese
  • Will ease member concerns with travelling to Rocky Mountain House or other courts and reduces new charges
Future Events:
  • Peacemaking program exploration
  • Traditional law revitalization
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Legal rights workshops
  • Safer communities
  • Provincial law facilities being negotiated at the Minister’s level
  • More resource partnerships
  • Expanding legal resource library
  • Hub committee (Triage of complex files)
  • Community events

Court Coordinator: Celisity Thomas

Elder Liaison: Nancy Whitehorse

Program Developer: Corrinne Bell



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