The Tyendinaga Justice Circle
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8:8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Hours are flexible to include weekends/nights if required
The Tyendinaga Justice Circle is an alternative to the mainstream justice system, with a focus on youth ages 12-17. The forum brings Yakokarewáhtonh (those who have been harmed), Yontatkarewáhtonh (those who have caused harm), their supporters and community members together in a safe, controlled environment. The goal is to discuss the incident, its effects, and to decide collaboratively how to right the wrong that has been done. Restorative Justice, not to be confused with “sentencing circles”, emphasizes the harm crime does to the community and how the community, rather than the court system, can respond to crime in more satisfactory ways.
The Tyendinaga Justice Circle is guided by a committee of volunteer community members who are trained and certified to facilitate the forums. The focus of the Restorative Circles is on repairing the harm, healing and providing an opportunity for all parties to find some closure to the incident. It may incorporate a variety of approaches, which could be applied at either the pre, or post-charge stage of the criminal justice process. The TJC Coordinator reviews all pre –charge cases to assure that they are eligible for the program and works in conjunction with the Crown Attorney in post-charge diversion matters under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
The main objective of the Aboriginal (EJM) Youth Justice Worker is to provide culturally relevant pre-charge programming by developing individualized measures to reflect the unique needs of each youth. In addition, the Youth Worker will promote and recommend alternative methods of conflict resolution within the community of Tyendinaga and surrounding areas. The Youth Worker ensures the objectives of the program are being met by:
FNTI (First Nations Technical Institute)
3 Old York Road
Tyendinaga, ON K0K 1X0
Telephone: (613) 396-2122
Fax: (613) 396-2761
Shannon Butcher (Program Coordinator) ext. 166 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Brinklow (Extra Judicial Measures) Youth Worker ext. 125 email@example.com