Department of Justice

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Aboriginal Court Workers

Aboriginal Court Workers support fair, equitable, and culturally sensitive treatment of all Aboriginal people in contact with the Criminal Justice system. If you are an Aboriginal person involved in the justice system (victim, accused, or offender) Aboriginal Court Workers can provide you with support and information.  You don’t have to go through the justice system alone.

Aboriginal Court Workers can:

  • Help victims or offenders understand the justice system and how it works
  • Explain the documents, forms, directions or conditions given by the Court.
  • Help you understand the nature of the charges brought against you
  • Help you apply for Legal Aid
  • Provide you with in-court support
  • Give you information about alternative methods of justice, such as sentencing circles and restorative justice, where available and appropriate
  • Refer you to other community support services, such as counseling and alcohol and drug treatment centres
  • Assist you with bail applications (where applicable)
  • Respond to Gladue Report Requests

Aboriginal Court Workers also:

  • Help justice officials to understand the culture, values and customs of Aboriginal people and the social and economic situation of each client
  • Improve communication between Aboriginal clients, communities and the justice system
  • Work to create community partnerships
  • Work on committees
  • Give presentations and workshops
  • Assist youth in all aspects of the justice system especially when parent is unavailable

Contact Aboriginal Court Workers

Community Justice Coordinator
Department of Justice, Government of Yukon
301 Jarvis Street (2nd floor)
P.O. Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 2C6
Phone: (867) 456-6583
Fax: (867) 393-6463

Aboriginal Courtworker Program
Council Of Yukon First Nations
201 – 2131 Second Ave.
Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 2C3
Phone: (867) 667-3781
Fax: (867) 667-8097

Liard First Nation
Watson Lake, Yukon 
Phone: (867) 536-7923

Northern Tutchone Tribal Council
Phone: (867) 537-3821 (Pelly Crossing)
Phone: (867) 996-2820 (Mayo)

Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation
Old Crow, Yukon
Phone: (867) 966-3261

Ross River Dena Council
Ross River, Yukon
Phone: (867) 969-2430 ex# 209

Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation
Dawson City, Yukon
Phone: (867) 993-7148