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Council of Yukon First Nations takes over Yukon Government Pilot Project

CYFN Grand Chief Peter Johnston (Left), and Justice Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee (Right). Photo By Tim Kucharuk / CKRW

It's being touted as another step toward reconciliation with Yukon First Nations.

It's being touted as another step toward reconciliation with Yukon First Nations.

The Council of Yukon First Nations is taking over the Gladue Report Writing Pilot Project from the Yukon Government, in the hopes of providing more qualified writers and community inclusion. 

Justice Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee made the announcement Thursday morning.

"Formalized training of writers and rigorous evaluation of the program; With this, we can ensure the Gladue reports in the Yukon will be of high quality and an on-going and consistent basis and assist the courts and ultimately assist offenders."

The project aims to set up a system of writers for the reports which provide background such as upbringing and systemic factors for judges when sentencing an Indigenous offender.

C-Y-F-N Executive Director Shadelle Chambers says while there are three writers on the roster, with another four being mentored, she would like to see more First Nation writers in the Gladue writing system.

"It's culturally appropriate in terms of being able to hear the stories of Yukon First Nations offenders. We want to ensure this is not a re-traumatization in terms of telling your story. There's a lot of personal and confidential information shared during those sessions."

Since the 530-thousand dollar project launched in February of 2018, two training sessions have been held, a mentoring program has been set up, and report templates have been developed.

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