A program that aims to help Indigenous people navigate the justice system is transitioning from the Manitoba government to Indigenous organizations.

The province says it is signing service delivery agreements to transfer the Indigenous Court Work Program to four Indigenous agencies.

They include Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (M-K-O), Southern Chiefs' Organization, Manitoba Metis Federation, and the Island Lake Tribal Council.

"The court worker program has proven to be a valuable, valuable resource," says Edwin Wood, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) justice programs manager. He is hopeful this will lead to a "more culturally responsive approach."

They will control programs that connect Indigenous people to resource agencies and victim services, as well as help families of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and L-G-B-T-Q people.


With files from The Canadian Press.