Department of Justice

Community Justice

Community-Based Justice Initiatives

Yukon Government provides funding and support to nine restorative justice projects in partnership with Justice Canada and First Nations. These projects include conferencing, circles, clan based systems, elders boards, and committees. These initiatives provide support and healing to victims, accused, offenders, family and community members.

Community justice projects are located in Old Crow, Dawson City, Ross River, Haines Junction, Teslin, Carcross, Kwanlin Dun, Watson Lake, and Skookum Jim Friendship Centre.

Kwanlin Dun Justice Department - Whitehorse
  • KDFN Justice Council is made up of community and 'justice system' representatives
  • Builds awareness about 'justice' and involves the community in planning justice initiatives in the KDFN community
  • Victim and offender support in the justice system
  • Land-based healing
  • Family group conferencing
  • Circle sentencing
  • Crime prevention initiatives
  • Parole Board pre-release circles
  • Court support


Kwanlin Dun Justice Department
35 McIntyre Drive, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 5A5
Phone: 633-7850
Fax: 633-7855 

Carcross/Tagish First Nation Community Justice - Carcross


  • Pre and post-charge diversion
  • Provides recommendations to the Territorial Court
  • Court support
  • Gladue report submissions
  • Circle sentencing
  • Court order follow up and support
  • Reintegration planning and support



Carcross/Tagish First Nation Community Justice
P. O. Box 201, Carcross, Yukon Y0B 1B0
Phone: 821-4009
Fax: 821-3403

Teslin Tlingit Council Peacemaker Court – Teslin


  • Five Clan Leaders act as an advisory panel to the Territorial Court
  • Separate Peacemaker Court led by Clan Leaders that deals with diversion
  • Based on Tlingit traditions - offenders are accountable to their Clans
  • Peacemaker diversion aims to provide a greater benefit to the victim, society and the offender – it is intended to “repair the harm”
  • Court support



Teslin Tlingit Council Peacemaker Court
Healing Centre Bldg, Teslin, Yukon Y0A 1B0
Phone: 390-2532 Ext 366
Fax: 390-2175

Haines Junction Community Justice Committee – Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, Haines Junction


  • Committee is made up of representatives from Village of Haines Junction and Champagne & Aishihik First Nations
  • Made up of six circles: Territorial Court (circuit), healing/talking, circle sentencing, conferencing, diversion and local Justice of the Peace
  • Court support
  • Promotes community healing
  • Facilitates justice at a community level
  • Develops positive relationships within the community
  • Educates the community about justice alternatives
  • Proactive approach to healing with focus on long-term community wellness



Haines Junction Community Justice Committee, Champagne & Aishihik First Nations
P.O. Box 5336, Haines Junction, Yukon Y0B 1L0
Phone: 634-7020
Fax: 634-7022

Vuntut Gwitchin Community Justice Committee  - Old Crow


  • Established in 1999
  • Family Group Conferencing
  • Victim assistance program with the RCMP
  • Oversees the work of the justice coordinator
  • Youth programming
  • Court support
  • Prohibition diversion
  • Provides assistance to both victims and offenders in accessing resources
  • Helps community members liaise with justice agencies outside of Old Crow



Vuntut Gwitchin Justice Committee
General Delivery, Old Crow, Yukon Y0B 1N0
Phone: 966-3261 ex 259
Fax: 966-3800

Ross River Justice Committee  - Ross River Dena Council, Ross River


  • Ross River Justice Committee (RRJC) is comprised of community members including Elders since 1998
  • Provides community-based justice support
  • Diversion for both youth and adult
  • Advice on court sentences
  • Court support
  • Facilitates local justice learning opportunities
  • Provides local support to victims, offenders, family and community members 
  • Supports alternative traditional restorative justice
  • Reduces offender relapse and offers accountability to the community



Ross River Justice Committee
General Delivery, Ross River, Yukon Y0B 1S0
Phone: 969-2430
Fax: 969-2019

Dena Keh Justice ("our people's way") – Liard First Nation, Watson Lake


  • Committee/board approach to responding to community needs
  • Practices the Restorative Justice Conferencing model, within Kaska traditions
  • Tripartite policing agreement
  • Provides sentencing and interim release recommendations to the Territorial Court
  • Strong Elder involvement
  • Community referrals, RCMP referrals for pre-charge, and Crown referrals for post-charge
  • Supports victims, offenders, family supporters, and community
  • Circle sentencing
  • Family group conferencing
  • Court support
  • Follow up and reintegration



Dena Keh Justice
Box 328, Watson Lake, Yukon Y0A 1C0
Phone: 536-7925
Fax: 536-5200 

Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Community Justice - Dawson City


  • Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in assumed community justice responsibilities in 2012/2013 from the Dawson
  • Community Group Conferencing Society
  • Practices the Restorative Justice Conferencing model, within  Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in traditions
  • Pre and post-charge with youth and adults, post-sentence cases and youth under 12
  • Referrals are received from the RCMP, Crown, Court, School and self-referrals
  • Each case is considered on its own merit and criteria is applied to each case
  • Court support



Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Community Justice
P. O. Box 1139, Dawson City, Yukon Y0B 1G0
Phone: 993-5060
Fax: 993-5065

Tan Sakwathan First Nation Youth Diversion Project - Skookum Jim Friendship Center, Whitehorse
  • Provide support to youth in the legal system
  • Diversion program is for youth and their families
  • Eight week sessions with programming on traditional laws and values, parenting and communication skills
  • Court support


Tan Sakwathan Youth Diversion Project Skookum Jim Friendship Center
3159 - 3rd Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 1G1
Phone: 633-7683
Fax: 668-4460