Prince George’s new Indigenous Court officially launched Friday.
The court will be facilitated by L’heidli T’enneh Elders with a goal of rehabilitating rather than sentencing.
“The Prince George Indigenous Court office is founded on the strength of the experiences and knowledge of our people as we all have had an experience with the judicial system at one time or another,” says Lheidli T’enneh First Nation Chief Dominick Frederick.
Founder Christina Dragen says she is grateful the court has arrived in the Northern capital after three years of campaigning.
This is the sixth Indigenous Court to open in BC.
“Today is a very good day for the Aboriginal community,” says Terry Teegee, BCAFN Regional Chief.
Work currently continues on establishing an Indigenous Court in Williams Lake.
(Files from Kyle Balzer with MYPRINCEGEORGENOW)