By Alexandra Mehl Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Since the signing of the BC First Nation Justice Strategy in 2020, a carefully outlined plan with 43 actions to reform the system and restore Indigenous legal traditions, one of the priorities outlined is the implementation of 15 First Nation justice centres throughout the province. The first four centres in Prince Rupert, Prince George, Merrit, and virtually marked their opening in January 2022. In late 2022 the BCFNJC announced that the next centres to be opened will be in Nanaimo, Victoria, Vancouver, Surrey, and Kelowna in 2023. Indigenous people in British Columbia are overrepresented within the justice system, sitting at thirty five per cent of those incarcerated. With the implementation of the centres, the justice council’s aim is to
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