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Indigenous Courtwork Program




The Indigenous Courtwork Program (formerly the Aboriginal Courtwork Program) is provided through contribution agreements with participating provincial governments.

Eligible Applicants

Provincial and Territorial governments are eligible to receive federal financial support for Indigenous Courtwork Program services.

All Indigenous people in conflict with the law in Canada are eligible to receive Courtwork services regardless of their status, age or residency.

* Indigenous Courtwork Programs currently operate in every province and territory with the exception of P.E.I., Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick.

Eligible Expenses

Courtworkers help Indigenous clients by:

  • providing Indigenous persons charged with an offence and their family members with accurate information at the earliest possible stage of the criminal justice process;
  • referring Indigenous persons charged with an offence to appropriate legal resources at key stages of the justice process (e.g., arrest, trial, sentencing), where practical
  • referring Indigenous persons charged with an offence to appropriate resources, such as, social and medical services, education, employment and Indigenous community support. These resources will ensure that they have help in addressing the underlying problems which may have contributed to their charges. Where appropriate, Courtworkers advocate for these services before the courts and ensure, to the extent possible, that they are delivered;
  • providing assistance, as appropriate, to other Indigenous persons involved in the criminal justice process (for example, victims, witnesses and family members);
  • promoting and facilitating practical, community-based justice initiatives that help communities to identify and address problems that could end up in the courts or community justice system; and,
  • serving as a “bridge” between criminal justice officials and Indigenous people and communities by advocating for Indigenous people before the courts, providing liaison, and promoting two-way communication.

Deadline Date

  Please click the link indicated below for update.


Contact Name: Programs Branch, Department of Justice Canada

Phone Number: (613) 941-4193

E-mail Address:


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