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Youth Justice


Youth Diversion and Reintergration

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, probations 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 Supports.


Circle Talk  –   Mondays at 5pm – 7pm in the Cedar lodge
For youth to have a culturally safe environment to talk about life. Spaces reserved for registered Youth Justice clients.

Beats For Peace – Wednesdays at 4:30 – 6:30 in the Sewing room.   A safe environment for youth to hang out and explore music production, guitar and song writing.

Youth Kitchen / Drop-In   –   Fridays at 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.









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


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


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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