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Exploring resources for helping Indigenous peoples in the legal system – Northern News

Sep 13, 2023

On Wednesday, Sept. 6, Aboriginal People Alliance Northern Ontario(APANO), Northern Lights Métis Council and Nishnawabe-Aski Legal Services Corporation held a community information resource fair at the Commando Pavilion to introduce residents to the various programs available to Indigenous People as it pertains to their rights in the legal system.

After APANO elder Howard Archibald conducted the opening prayer, Blaire Westberry began the fair with opening remarks.

She thanked everyone who took the time to attend the fair and gave some background for the event.
Westberry is the Executive Director of Programs at APANO. She noted that the organization is celebrating its 40th anniversary and while starting small has continued to grow.

“We now have programming in nine communities across Ontario,” she said.

Her goal for the event was to introduce the Blazing Trails for Indigenous Justice program that was in its final year of the pilot program. It is funded by the Anti Racism program of the Canadian Heritage Department of the Government of Canada.

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