About Us

First Peoples Justice Center of Montreal

Our Center was incorporated in 2014 following the “Aboriginal Justice in the Greater Montreal Area” report by the Justice Table of the Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy Network (March 2013). The report highlighted the lack of continuum of services for Indigenous peoples in Montreal in conflict with the law. It also highlighted the absence of alternatives and of a community approach to justice based on Indigenous principles and cultures. Making our home in the Native Friendship Center of Montreal, we opened our doors in the spring of 2017 for service provision.

Vision: Informed, empowered Indigenous persons in the Montreal area who have successfully negotiated their way through an Indigenized justice system and transitioned to a healthy, autonomous life path.

The First Peoples Justice Center of Montreal’s mission is to work in partnership with the Indigenous community and the justice system in Montreal to:

Support, inform and empower Indigenous persons in addressing their justice issues and in continuing their transition to a healthy and balanced quality of life.

Indigenize the justice systems, including educating key players, to engage with Indigenous persons in a fair, culturally respectful and restorative way.

Our Team

Ellen Filippelli

Executive Director

Danielle Beaulieu

Justice Support Services Coordinator

Amy Edward

Restorative Justice Coordinator

Corey Thomas

Connection to Community Coordinator

Tealey Ka'senni:saks

Knowledge Keeper/Wellness Counselor

Tom Dearhouse

Elder/Cultural Resource

Demi Vrettas

Manager of Funding Development and Administration

Board of Directors

Nicolas Welt

Board Member

Sarah Carriere

Board Member

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