Indigenous Bail Verification & Supervision Program

In 2017 Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Corporation began offering its Indigenous Bail Program. Indigenous Bail Workers help create release plans by locating potential sureties, finding appropriate addresses, and providing verified information to court officials. The program  offers Bail Supervision Services, Supervision supports accused persons who do not have the financial means or social ties to be released pending trial. The program ensures that clients are supervised in the community such that they attend their court dates, comply with their conditions of release and have assistance to navigate the criminal court process.

The IBVS Program follow a holistic guided criteria:

  • Indigenous Traditions, Practices and World Views
  • Presumption of Innocence
  • Strengths of the Client
  • Connection to Community
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Unique Barriers Faced by Indigenous Peoples
  • Effects of Discrimination
  • Prejudice and the Legacy of Colonialism and Displacement

Community Release & Reintegration Program

Created in 2018, Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Corporation’s Community Release and Reintegration Program provides a wide range of services to the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation Communities.

The three main services include:

1. Bail

Assists individuals to obtain reasonable bail promptly.  The program seeks to reduce the number of community members on remand in jails and alleviate the burden placed on families and communities due to displacement by the criminal justice system.

2. Reintegration

Supports adults departing detention centers to ensure a cohesive return home. The program’s aim is to create positive, supportive and sustainable returns with connections to mentorship, employment, housing, social and mental health programming.

3. National-Based Justice Supports

Acts as an in-community connection to justice services. Staff participate in inclusive justice dialogue, connect with other NALSC departments, and offer prevention, intervention and land-based activities.

Release & Reintegration Workers

Charles Benson
PO Box 8
Weagamow Lake, ON
P0V 2Y0
Tel: (807) 632- 8673
Fax: (807) 469-1315

Fort Severn
Angus Miles
General Delivery
Fort Severn, ON
P0V 1W0
Tel: (807) 212-5948

Jean Rabbit-Waboose
139 Main Street, PO Box 298,
Fort Hope, ON, P0T 1L0
Tel: (807) 242-7221
Cell: (807) 631-5542


Fort Albany/Kashechewan
David Sutherland
7-7 Airport Road
Fort Albany, ON
P0L 1H0
Tel: (705) 278-5049

Kasabonika Lake
Keith McKay
Kasabonika Lake First Nation
Tel: (807) 535-9252
Cell: (807) 738- 5805
Fax: (807) 535-9211

Morningstar Quill
Pikangikum, ON, P0V 2L0
Tel: (807) 633- 7709
Fax: (807) 535- 9252

Brianna Owen
Pikangikum ON, P0V 2L0
Cell: (807) 773- 3881