Ocean Center will be the new location for the Prince Rupert Justice Center

Divya Gill

Prince Rupert is now part of the ongoing efforts to rebuild First Nations Justice systems and institutions, with the opening of an office in support of the British Columbia First Nations Justice Council.

The Chairmen of the Council Doug White said Prince Rupert has shown a readiness in the community.

“The idea is to provide wrap around services to Aboriginal peoples, and so over the course of the time we are going to develop in the Justice center is that different clients will be able to be connected to different kinds of services they require or are creating challenges in their particular life context.”
The community outreach worker Rudy Kelly, has been working to establish relations with local Indigenous people so they can better serve their people at the Justice Centre and over time help them establish their own justice capacity.

“I have connected with a couple of councillors, one in Lax Kw’aalams and one in Kitkatla in person and have had good discussion with them. And there is definitely an enthusiasm on their behalf to get more involved and get assistance and work in partnership with us and helping of their people, resident members when they get out of jail to integrate into society.”
The centre has already started to help those who have been in contact with police. Staff Lawyer of the Justice Center James Leech, said the center is also open to those who need help with child and family development
Kelly added he feel it is extremely important to have a centre in the city because Prince Rupert has been the hub for indigenous communities for a long time. The centre is encouraging any member of the Indigenous communities to reach out to the justice for any type of legal service they need help with. 

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