Justice staff provides information, basic counselling, and interpretation of documents, Acts, guidelines, Criminal Code and regulations, etc. to interested individuals. The justice programs works with other CYFN departments, many First Nation justice workers, justice committees and/or courtworkers and various departments with YTG to ensure that common goal and objectives are reached.
The Aboriginal Courtworker Program assists aboriginal individuals who are charged with a criminal offence to ensure they receive fair and equitable treatment before the law. The program enhances awareness and appreciation of the values, customs, languages and the social-economic conditions of Aboriginal people to the existing justice system. The program assists in breaking down communication barriers between First Nation citizens and the criminal justice system. CYFN Courtworker services are available to all aboriginals in the communities of Whitehorse, Kwanlin Dun, Carcross, Teslin, Haines Junction, Burwash and Beaver Creek. If you have a criminal court matter in any one of these communities, please feel free to contact us, our office does accept collect calls. Funding for this program is a 50/50 cost share with the Yukon and Federal governments. The other communities of Old Crow, Dawson City, Mayo, Pelly Crossing, Carmacks, Ross River and Watson Lake have their own Courtworker program to provide the same services.
The First Nation Reintegration Program supports the transition and reintegration of First Nation inmates back into society after completing a period of incarceration at the Whitehorse Correctional Centre. The First Nation Reintegration Worker works closely with First Nation offenders and their Case Managers to help identify and diminish barriers to their successful reintegration into the community. The overall objective of the program is to reduce recidivism and repeat offending by ensuring that offenders have the best chance possible when they are released from WCC. The program is funded by Yukon Justice.