TONTAKAIERINE TYENDINAGA JUSTICE CIRCLE
The Tontakaierine (It has become right again) Tyendinaga Justice Circle is an alternative for youth involved with the justice system. The program brings together victims, offenders, and families or advocates in a safe environment to discuss the offence and its effects, and then jointly decide on the best way to right the wrong. This Indigenous conflict resolution process validates victims, offenders, families, and advocates, and creates healing. The program receives referrals from police, crown attorneys, local schools, and community agencies. We are expanding Tontakaierine to offer more culturally-relevant mentorship, youth events, and ongoing support for families, and are looking at delivering training to professionals in the youth services field.
Tontakaiê:rine is an alternative to mainstream court intended for Indigenous people in conflict with the law; as such the TJC aspires to provide all participants that were affected by the ‘wrong-doing’ with a positive, transformative experience using holistic circle processes.
By focusing on natural law and the importance of upholding our responsibilities as Haudenosaunee, the TJC seeks to create healthier relationships and to promote a better understanding of Indigenous identity and belonging.
“The Tyendinaga Justice Circle has recently received funding support to take on adult clients. The Adult Diversion Program is a pre/post charge option for Indigenous adults who are eligible for the program and are in conflict with the criminal justice system.
The Adult Diversion Program provides a restorative justice option for those who are eligible. Restorative justice seeks solutions which are visible, accountable and accessible to accused persons, victims and the community while repairing, to the extent possible, the harm caused by the offence and restoring the peace in our community.
Tontakaierine Tyendinaga Justice Circle, Coodinator
Shannon Butcher tf:800.267.0637 x166 cell: 613.848.4701
Tontakaierine Tyendinaga Justice Circle, First Nations~Metis~Inuit Courtworker
Mark Brinklow tf: 800.267.0637 x125 cell: 613.827.5695
Tontakaierine Tyendinaga Justice Circle, Gladue Case Manager
Yasmeen Peer cell: 613.847.3711
Tontakaierine Tyendinaga Justice Circle, Adult Diversion Worker
Michael Ferrante cell: 613.438.2040