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Youth Justice

Youth Diversion and Reintegration: 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.

Also, please feel free to join us every Monday for Youth Circle, a safe space for free thinking, and open conversation

Marie-France Robitaille
Youth Justice Programming Coordinator
(613) 748-0657 ext. 216
mfrobitaille@wabano.com

 

Emily Atkinson
Indigenous Youth Reintegration Coordinator
(613) 748-0657 ext. 204
eatkinson@wabano.com

 

Tom Lindsay
Youth Programs Team Lead
(613) 748-0657 ext. 343
tlindsay@wabano.com


Have questions? Email us: programsteam@wabano.com