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Indigenous justice strategy "to make difference for generations," says Eby

BY , Mar 6, 2020 9:34 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

B.C. Attorney General David Eby attends a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Thursday, May 9, 2019. British Columbia's NDP government wants to prohibit future governments from using profits at the province's public auto insurer to cover other expenses. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

British Columbia will work with First Nations to restore their legal practices and structures under an agreement signed today that aims to reduce the number of Indigenous people sent to jail.

Attorney General David Eby says the agreement with the First Nations Justice Council is historic and will make a difference to Indigenous people for generations.

He says about 30 per cent of inmates in B.C.'s jails and prisons are from First Nations, but they comprise less than four per cent of the province's total population.

Eby says his ministry and the council will work together to implement the strategy, which includes establishing a network of Indigenous justice centres and increasing justice programs in First Nations communities.

It will also increase the number of First Nations people working in the justice system.

Council spokesman Doug White says the justice system is at a breaking point for Indigenous Peoples.

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