Inaugural NWT Restorative Justice Recognition Award Presented to Paulatuk Resident

18 décembre 2013
Communiqués de presse

YELLOWKNIFE (December 18, 2013) – Mr. Fred Bennett, retired Community Justice Coordinator for Paulatuk, NT, has received the first Restorative Justice Recognition Award as a show of appreciation and gratitude for his efforts toward bettering both Community Justice and his community of Paulatuk. Mr. Bennett is the first recipient of this newly created award.

Mr. Bennett was recognized for his work of almost a decade as the Paulatuk Justice Coordinator. He has been instrumental in developing programing for on-the-land and youth hunting as measures of crime prevention.  He’s known for his sense of openness and readiness to volunteer to fulfill community needs.

“Today’s youth need to feel support from their community members.” said Minister of Justice David Ramsay. “Restorative justice is an approach that builds on partnerships for a successful conclusion. We are pleased to be able to recognize Fred Bennett’s efforts and his commitment to his community.”

Community Justice Coordinator Gilbert Thrasher Jr. said, “the Paulatuk Community Justice Committee is very pleased to see Fred honoured by receiving the first award presented in the Northwest Territories. Fred has always been active in the development of Paulatuk and has worked with everyone from youth to elders.”

The award was presented to Mr. Bennett at a community feast in Paulatuk on December 10, 2013. Along with representatives from the Department of Justice, the whole community turned out to celebrate his contributions.

Community Justice Committees help communities to develop alternative ways of dealing with criminal justice issues, known as restorative justice. They work with local people, agencies and programs to develop approaches targeting specific needs to provide safer, healthier communities.

For more information:

Sue Glowach
Senior Communications Advisor
Department of Justice
Tel: 867-920-3130

Gilbert Thrasher, Jr.
Community Justice Coordinator
Tel: 867-580-3531