Ne Chee Friendship Centre

Site: Kenora - 2nd St S

Service: Indigenous Community Justice Program

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Description & Services
Public Comments Can also contact Lisa Savoyard, Receptionist at NeChee Friendship Centre
Description (Service) Acts as an alternative post-charge diversion program that offers community-based, culturally inclusive support services for Indigenous people involved with the criminal justice system
Community Council Model: 
  • Offers a Community Justice Circle with Council members  
  • Provides an opportunity for the community member to enter into a mutually agreed Medicine Wheel Healing Plan which will be taken into consideration by the Judge upon sentencing  
  • Elders, Band officials, victims and community service providers may attend and provide insight to the community member during the Council process
Some typical Healing Plans may include, but are not limited to: 
  • Volunteer hours at cultural events, such as Pow Wow 
  • Healing ceremonies such as sweat lodges and sacred pipe ceremonies 
  • Some form of restitution as recommended by Elders and community members 
  • Educational sessions regarding historical trauma, emotional triggers etc 
  • Addictions assessment, treatment and follow-up if needed
Also provides:
Mediation between the victim and offender to allow each party to be seen, heard and believed in order to repair the harm done to all who were affected
Hours Office Mon-Fri 9 am-4:30 pm
Areas Served Kenora District
Eligibility Ages: 16 year(s) and up 
  • Youth and adults in conflict with the law 
  • Regional service open to all on/off reserve Indigenous peoples 
  • Individual must take full responsibility for their actions in order to participate in program
  • Referrals are at discretion of Crown and/or police 
  • Intake assessment is required
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Ojibway, upon request
Fees None
Additional Service Sites
Contact Information
Office Phone 807-468-5440
Fax 807-468-5340
Primary Contact Justice Program Coordinator; Phone: 807-468-5440 ext 226; Email:
Alternate Contact Julie Lessard, Criminal Courtworker; Phone: 807-468-9657; Email:
Site Location Next door to the Century Cinema Theatre
Located In Community Kenora
Address 326 2nd St S
Kenora, ON P9N 3X3
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Intersection 2nd St S and Chipman St
Mailing Address PO Box 241 
Kenora, ON P9N 3X3
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Established 1976
Funding Provincial - Office of the Attorney General; Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC)