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Justice System Education Program for Indigenous Peoples

The Justice System Education Program for Indigenous Peoples (JSEP-IP) provides culturally-sensitive legal education for Indigenous communities throughout BC. Funded primarily by the Law Foundation of BC and directed by an advisory committee, this outreach program provides education for both Indigenous youth and adults.

Topics include:
  • Review of BC courts and justice processes
  • Restorative Justice
  • Truth and Reconciliation 
For youth, we offer:
  • Outreach Sessions  – These legal education sessions provide an opportunity for youth to discuss justice-related issues in their own community. The sessions are designed for Indigenous youth attending Band Schools or public schools that have an Aboriginal population of at least 50%. The sessions are informal, relaxed and positive.
  • The At-Risk Youth "Courtlink" Program – This program provides Indigenous at-risk youth with and in-depth understanding of BC's criminal justice systems, including roles and responsibilities of different organizations and available supports. Content in framed through a choices and consequences lens. This program serves Indigenous youth who are at risk for trouble with the law, school dropout and substance abuse. These students may exhibit low self-esteem and behavioural problems (verbal or physical violence).
For adults, offer:
  • Outreach Sessions  – These legal education sessions provide an opportunity for Elders, band members and adult service providers to discuss justice-related issues in their own community. The sessions are informal, relaxed and positive.
For more information on JSEP-IP, contact the JES Head Office, attention Victoria.