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Grand Opening of the Kenora Justice Centre

In early February, KCA staff along with members of the Ontario Government, Indigenous Leadership, members of the Ontario Court of Justice, and community partners, launched the grand opening of the Kenora Justice Centre.

The Justice Centre, located in downtown Kenora in a building owned by Ogimaawabiitong, is designed to hold individuals accountable for their actions, while also providing community-led supports. Paving the way in wrap-around justice services, the Kenora Justice Centre delivers programs run by Indigenous-based organizations and mental health and addictions counsellors – addressing the root causes of crime.

On February 5th, the Kenora Chiefs Advisory Youth and Family Camp were proud to host Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh, Minister Greg Rickford, Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve, Attorney General Doug Downey, and PA Brian Saunderson for a traditional welcoming ceremony. The following day, everyone was invited to the Kenora Justice Centre building for tours of the new facility.

Located in a building owned by the Kenora Chiefs Advisory, the Justice Centre is working with community partners and the Ontario Court of Justice to include:

  • A courtroom configured to support rehabilitation and encourage dialogue between individuals, judges, Elders, Crowns, duty/defence counsel, victims, police and members of the community
  • An Elder/cultural liaison room for participants to work with on-site Elders and interpreters to create healing plans
  • Access to on-site integrated social services to support individuals and families, such as housing, income supports, mental health, and employment
  • A primary health-care room to support Indigenous-led health and treatment services
  • A technology room to support participants who lack reliable access to internet services for court appearances, tribunal hearings or medical appointments
  • Smudging is welcome in all Justice Centre spaces and a Community Room will prioritize opportunities for ceremony, workshops and training for all community partners

Other Stories in this issue:

  • Photo Gallery – A snapshot look at some of the things the KCA departments have been up to through the season in our communities.
  • Niigaanniing Bimidiziwin Child Development Services
  • Bell Let’s Talk Day
  • Photos from Jenn and Joe’s transfer of leadership ceremony
  • KCA Program Updates:
    • Youth Hub
    • Right to Play
    • Environmental Health
    • Horse Farm
    • Gambling Addictions Awareness
    • Wiisokodaadig Peer Helpers
  • 2nd Annual Cultural Services Winter Days