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 also 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.

Guided Criteria

The Indigenous Bail Supervision and Verification Program follows guided holistic eligibility criteria, based on:

  • 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 and 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 services include: bail supervision and verification, reintegration aftercare, and nation-based justice support.

Its three main programs include:

  • Bail  Supervision Verification and Verification
  • Reintegration Aftercare
  • Nation Based Justice Support

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.

 

 

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.

 

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.

Please Contact Our Staff In The Following Communities

Timmins Office
Catherine Gull
Indigenous Bail Verification Worker
119 Pine Street South, Suite 210, Timmins ON
P4N 2K3
Cell: (705) 288- 4902
Tel: (705) 268 1105
Fax: (705) 268 0012
cgull@nanlegal.on.ca

Amanda Ratte
Indigenous Bail Verification Worker
119 Pine Street South, Suite 210, Timmins, ON
P4N 2K4
Cell: (705) 288- 5515
Tel: (705) 268- 1105
Fax: (705) 268- 5682
aratte@nanlegal.on.ca

Pikangikum
Brianna Owen
Release and Reintegration Worker
General Delivery, Pikangikum, ON
P0V 2L0
Cell: (807) 773- 3881
bowen@nanlegal.on.ca

Morningstar Quill
General Delivery, Pikangikum, ON
Release and Reintegration Worker
Tel: (807) 633- 7709
Fax: (807) 535- 9252
msquill@nanlegal.on.ca

Weagamow
Charles Benson
Release and Reintegration Worker
PO Box 8, Weagamow Lake, ON
P0V 2Y0
Tel: (807) 632- 8673
Fax: (807) 469-1315
cbenson@nanlegal.on.ca

 

Fort Severn
Angus Miles
Release and Reintegration Worker
General Delivery, Fort Severn, ON
P0V 1W0
Tel: (807) 212-5948
amiles@nanlegal.on.ca

Eabametoong
Jean Rabbit-Waboose
Release and Reintegration Worker
139 Main Street, PO Box 298,
Fort Hope, ON, P0T 1L0
Tel: (807) 242-7221
Cell: (807) 631-5542
jrabbitwaboose@nanlegal.on.ca

Fort Albany/Kashechewan
David Sutherland
Release and Reintegration Worker
7-7 Airport Road, Fort Albany, ON
P0L 1H0
Tel: (705) 278-5049
dsutherland@nanlegal.on.ca

Kasabonika Lake
Keith McKay
Release and Reintegration Worker
Kasabonika Lake First Nation
Tel: (807) 535-9252
Cell: (807) 738- 5805
Fax: (807) 535-9211
kmckay@nanlegal.on.ca

Sandy Lake
Evangeline Meekis
Release and Reintegration Worker
Sandy Lake First Nation
Tel: (807) 774-4423
Fax: (807) 774-1040
emeekis@nanlegal.on.ca

Attawapiskat
Christina Edwards
Release & Reintegration Worker
General Delivery, Attawapiskat, ON
P0L 1A0
Cell: (807) 535- 9252