Province Defends New Aboriginal Justice Plans

Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 14:30



The minister of Justice for the province is defending his government’s new plan for increasing aboriginal participation in the justice system.


Frank Quennell says more than 100 recommendations will be instituted through the plan, which calls for 48 million dollars in additional funding.


FSIN chief Lawrence Joseph has criticized the plan for using previously announced initiatives as new material.


However Quennell says the plan is sound, and northerners will be consulted along the way.


The new plan calls for the creation of crime reduction strategies in areas like Meadow Lake and Prince Albert.


The FSIN says the plan has its merits, but much of the money will be spent making government bigger and the police better-equipped.