Department of Justice

Community Safety & Crime Prevention

Community Justice Committees and Information

Kwanlin Dun Community Social Justice Project - Whitehorse, Yukon

  • Victim and offender support in the justice system
  • Circle sentencing
  • Family Group Conferencing
  • Crime Prevention initiatives
  • Parole Board pre-release circles
  • Community meetings to build awareness about 'justice' and to involve the community in planning justice initiatives in their community
  • Justice Council made up of community and 'justice system' representatives.

Southern Lakes Justice Committee - Carcross, Yukon

  • Formed in 1992, leader in the promotion of community-based justice;
  • Peacemaking circles, mediation, pre and post-charge diversion, provide recommendations to the Territorial Court, and assist with Adult Probation supervision;
  • Active in the community.

Peacemaker Court - Teslin Tlingit Council, Teslin, Yukon

  • 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.

Haines Junction Community Justice Committee - Champagne & Aishihik First Nations, Haines Junction, Yukon

  • Committee is made up of representatives from Village of Haines Junction and Champagne & Aishihik First Nations;
  • Project is made up of six circles: Territorial Court (circuit), healing/talking, circle sentencing, mediation, diversion and local Justice of the Peace;
  • Contracted to publish the quarterly Community Justice Links Newsletter;
  • Recently released a Victims Handbook and have implemented Family Group Conferencing as a new circle.

Old Crow Justice Committee - Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, Old Crow, Yukon 

  • New Justice Committee in November 1999;
  • Began with Family Group Conferencing;
  • Have dealt mostly with post-charge, Old Crow Liquor Prohibition Regulation tickets;
  • Implementing a victim assistance program with the RCMP.

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

  • Ross River Justice Committee (RRJC) is comprised of community members including Elders since 1998
  • Provides a community-based justice support
  • Diversion for both youth and adult
  • Advice to court sentences
  • Facilitates local justice learning opportunities
  • Provides local support to both offender and victim clients

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

  • Practice the Family Group Conferencing model, implementing Kaska traditions;
  • Tripartite policing agreement;
  • Provide sentencing and interim release recommendations to the Territorial Court;
  • Strong Elders involvement.

Dawson Community Group Conferencing Society - Dawson City, Yukon 

  • Non-profit organization formed in 1998;
  • Promotion of community-based justice using the Family Group Conferencing model;
  • 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 non-justice community self-referrals;
  • Each case is considered on its own merit and criteria is applied to each case;

Tan Sakwathan, First Nation Youth Diversion Project - Skookum Jim Friendship Center, Council of Yukon First Nations, Whitehorse, Yukon

  • 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.

Contact Community Justice Coordinator

Prospector Building
301 Jarvis Street (1st floor)

Mailing Address:
Community Justice and Public Safety
Department of Justice
Government of Yukon
P.O. Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 2C6
Phone: 867-456-6583 or 867-456-6588
Toll free (In Yukon): 1-800-661-0408, local 6583 or local 6588
Fax: 867-393-6326