v.a.t.j.s.s is proud to be hosting the

2016 Aboriginal Justice Strategy ConferencE

The purpose of the conference is to increase awareness and share knowledge between new and existing Aboriginal Justice Strategy (AJS) Programs in BC. Moving forward, the AJS Programs are hoping to expand their mandate and services through more referrals, additional community partners and stronger relationships with the Police, BC Courts, Crown Attorneys and BC Native Courtworkers. The conference will enable individuals to exchange information about the status of Restorative Justice (RJ), effective/best practice(s), innovative programs, issues in the RJ field, and ideas for expanding RJ into different social systems as well as provide opportunities for networking between RJ practitioners, government officials, justice agencies, and other groups. The conference’s workshops and guest speakers will provide information that enhances the skills and knowledge of RJ practitioners.  Please enjoy some footage of this year's amazing speakers below:

Marie from Ahousaht Nation speaks about her experiences as a Justice Worker.
dr.annie ross from Simon Fraser University speaks on the topic of Questionable Deaths
VATJSS Executive Director Christine Smith speaks on her experiences as a Justice Worker and Director of the Vancouver AJS program

keynote speaker:Grand chief stewart phillip

In October 2008, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip concluded his fourth consecutive term as Chief of the Penticton Indian Band (PIB) after having served the Band as Chief for a total of 14 years. In addition, he served as an elected Band Councilor for a 10 year period and continues to serve as the Chair of the Okanagan Nation Alliance. In October 2006, the Okanagan Nation, led by the Elders of the Penticton Indian Band, acknowledged his lifetime commitment to the defense of Indigenous Peoples' Title and Rights by bestowing on him and his family the rare honour of the title of Grand Chief.

Over 37 years, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip has worked within the Penticton Indian Band Administration holding a variety of positions such as, Band Administrator, Director of Land Management, Education Counselor, Economic Development Officer and Band Planner.

Aside from serving as a member of the PIB council for a total of 24 years, he is proud to be in his fifth three-year term as the President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.

together we are strong and powerful


Power of unity and solidarity

Please Join us in an act of solidarity as we move forward into the future of reconciliation, justice and the fight for equality and traditional healing.


Changing times requires traditional wisdom

In preparation for this year's conference, please look at these various educational videos, books and links that emphasize the importance of traditional indigenous wisdom, healing and action.


v.a.t.j.s.s commitment to connection and service

If there is anything we can do to help you in your journey to this year's conference, please do not hesitate to ask, no matter how far away your are, we are here to help.