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 and Supervision Coordinator

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

Trisha Wesley

Indigenous Bail Verification and Supervision Worker

119 Pine Street South, Suite 210, Timmins ON

P4N 2K3

Cell: (705) 288 7800

Tel: (705) 268- 1105

Fax: (705) 268- 0012

twesley@nanlegal.on.ca

Sioux Lookout

Lenard Comber,

Indigenous Bail Verification and Supervision Worker

37 Front Street PO Box 546, Sioux Lookout, ON

P8T1A3

Cell: (807) 632-0316

Fax: (807) 737-4847

lecomber@nanlegal.on.ca

 

 

Pikangikum

Brianna Owen

Community Release and Reintegration Worker

PO Box 322, 2 Motel Road

Pikangikum, ON P0V 2L0

Cell: (807) 728 3881

Tel: (807) 773 5506

bowen@nanlegal.on.ca

 

Weagamow

Charles Benson,

Community Release and Reintegration Worker

PO Box 8, Weagamow Lake, ON

P0V 2Y0

(807) 469-7571

Fax: (807) 469-1315

cbenson@nanlegal.on.ca

 

Fort Severn

Angus Miles,

Community Release and Reintegration Worker

General Delivery, Fort Severn, ON

P0V 1W0

Tel: (807) 212-5948

amiles@nanlegal.on.ca

 

Eabametoong

Jean Rabbit-Waboose,

Community 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,

Community 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,

Community Release and Reintegration Worker,

Kasabonika Lake First Nation

Tel: (807) 535-9252

Cell: (807) 212-6531

Fax: (807) 535-9211

kmckay@nanlegal.on.ca

 

Sandy Lake

Evangeline Meekis,

Community Release and Reintegration Worker

Sandy Lake First Nation

Tel: (807) 774-3421

Fax: (807) 774-1040

emeekis@nanlegal.on.ca