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Youth Justice


          *** IMPORTANT NOTICE***

Youth Kitchen/Drop-in will not be held this Friday (April 27th) as these programs will be joining the PD Day activity, Swimming and Diving at the Nepean Sportsplex. For details on how to register  CLICK HERE

Youth Diversion and Reintergration: Offering Our Culture to Young Minds

The Youth Diversion Program at Wabano provides culturally appropriate support for Aboriginal (First Nation, Mètis, Inuit and Non-Status) youth in conflict with the law between 12-17 years of age. The program is a partnership with the legal and social services to help support young offenders find themselves using culturally appropriate programming to redirect the youth away from the judicial justice system. With help from the case manager, youth will develop an action plan that is culturally based and provide services that address their specific needs.


Older youth may be considered on a case by case basis. We introduce Aboriginal youth to a variety of activities that will lead to lifelong involvement in healthy choices.

How do I get connected?
Referrals can be made from:

  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Police Services
  • Court or Lawyer
  • Probation Officer/Case Manager
  • Agencies/Community (eg. Guidance Counsellor, CAS Worker)

The case manager will act as a liaison between parents, facilities, probation officers, police services, lawyers and the community. Programming that is available for youth to get involved in includes (but is not limited to): Life Skills, Youth Talking Circles, Cultural Teachings from Elders, Ceremony, One-to-one Counselling, Group Workshops, Mentorship Program, Physical activities, Education and Employment support. For more information please contact a member of our Youth Justice Team.

Melanie Charbonneau
Youth Justice Programming Coordinator
(613) 748-0657 ext. 204

Meghan Boulanger
Indigenous Youth Reintegration Coordinator
(613)748-0657 ext. 216


Available Programs:

Circle Talk  –   Mondays from 5pm – 7pm in the Cedar lodge
For youth to have a culturally safe environment to talk about life, and share in an open, supportive and non-judgmental environment. Spaces reserved for registered Youth Justice clients.









Youth Kitchen / Drop-In   –   Fridays from 3:30pm-7pm in the Wabano common area.
A safe environment for youth to hang out to build peer relationships and a have a cool, safe place to hang out at the end the week.











Youth Justice Success Stories

Take an inside look at the difference we can make in our youths lives by simply providing them a sense of purpose.

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