Through An Aboriginal Lens

NCCABC

The Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of British Columbia (NCCABC) is the leader in providing access to justice for aboriginal people in BC. Our Mission Statement is “A Helping Hand to Justice”. We provide culturally appropriate services to Indigenous people and communities consistent with their needs. One of our goals in fulfilling that mission is to address inequality in accessing health services for all Indigenous people living in British Columbia. We work together with other agencies to address the specific health needs of aboriginal people. We are one of the only organizations that view health through a justice lens.

In 2014 NCCABC successfully implemented Through an Aboriginal Lens in partnership with the Asante Centre in Maple Ridge, BC. NCCABC provides assistance to Indigenous youth, their families, and communities when the youth are referred to the Asante Centre and throughout the youth’s experience navigating the justice system. NCCABC helps the youth understand the impact their FASD and co-existing substance abuse have on their involvement with the law. NCCABC provides information to the Asante Centre and youth participants on justice issues as they pertain to their FASD diagnosis. NCCABC also assists in the development of resource tools and activities that will support the Indigenous community, care-givers and the youth themselves in understanding what living with an FASD diagnosis, co-existing substance abuse and other life harms means.

There are many approaches to providing justice. Our understanding of justice is based on a holistic view of people – psychological, physical, social and spiritual. We believe every Indigenous person’s story is linked to our people’s history and culture. Our goal is to help you find a solution to your particular need from that perspective. Your right to justice is the most important thing to us, and we will do everything in our power to make sure your voice is heard and a solution for your needs is found. As we work together with you, we will treat you with dignity and respect. That is our commitment to you.

NCCABC’s core programs for Indigenous people include:

THE NATIVE COURTWORKER PROGRAM
Courtworkers assist aboriginal people that are involved in the criminal justice system to ensure they fully understand their rights and responsibilities before the law.

ALCOHOL & DRUG OUTPATIENT PROGRAM
This outpatient service provides counselling for aboriginal people with addiction issues.

ABORIGINAL DETOX FOLLOW-UP SUPPORT PROGRAM
This outreach service coaches aboriginal people with addictions on the skills needed to prevent continued addiction.

NATIVE FAMILY & YOUTH ADVOCATE PROGRAM
This program aids families in the process of family reunification by assisting with apprehension and access custody orders.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAM
Our employees are trained to provide workshops and training to criminal justice personnel on aboriginal cultural traditions, values, languages, socio-economic conditions and related issues.

HIGH RISK ABORIGINAL YOUTH PROGRAM
Called “Changing Directions In Support of Aboriginal Youth”, this program supports high risk Indigenous youth aged 12 to 18 that live in the Nanaimo and Williams Lake area. The program implements a method called “Wraparound”, which helps youth minimize criminal behaviour.

PRINCE GEORGE WOMEN’S PROJECT
Called “First Line of Defense: Strengthening Aboriginal Women”, this project provides a comprehensive, culturally sensitive service to Indigenous women who have experienced domestic violence and are at various levels of rebuilding their lives and the lives of their children.

HIV PREVENTION PROGRAM
In partnership with AIDS Vancouver, this program addresses the health disparities for Indigenous people at risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.

THROUGH AN ABORIGINAL LENS PROGRAM
In partnership with the Asante Centre, this program creates an awareness and understanding of the intersection of an FASD diagnosis with justice involvement among Indigenous youth.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS
Our justice services also include Downtown Community Court (DCC) and Aboriginal Women’s Right to Be Safe Guide.

We are honoured by the opportunity to assist Indigenous people seeking justice. In all of our services, we will make sure you receive thorough information so that you can make informed decisions about your particular justice needs. We will help you find the best strategy to overcome the barriers that prevent you from accessing justice and health services. We believe you can overcome your challenges, and we will empower you to do that.

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