Access to Justice

Nisga'a Lisims Government's Access to Justice Department supports Nisga'a citizens in the prevention and resolution of conflicts through increased awareness of Ayuukhl Nisga'a and Canadian laws and legal processes. Funded by Canada, the Access to Justice Department works in partnership with other organizations and manages the following programs.

The Aboriginal Justice Program assists in the monitoring of adults on supervision orders with British Columbia's Corrections Branch, liaises between Nisga'a communities and the Canadian justice system, encourages the revival of traditional Nisga'a ways of resolving conflict, and ensures Nisga'a communities have access to relevant legal information and services.

The Yuuhlimk'askw Program provides culturally appropriate alternative justice solutions. Yuuhlimk'askw (a Nisga'a way of counselling, guiding, cautioning, and supporting community members), is a proactive approach which involves the community in exploring the underlying causes of problem behaviours.

The Lisims Nass Valley RCMP Victim Services Program provides emotional support to victims of crime during their recovery and involvement with the justice process, information about the justice system, and liaison with Crown Counsel to assist with court orientation.