Chilliwack gets Indigenous Justice Centre to help break incarceration cycle, says Eby

CHILLIWACK, B.C- The over-representation of Indigenous people in British Columbia’s jails is a destructive cycle that must be broken, said Premier David Eby as he officially opened a First Nations justice centre in the Fraser Valley. Indigenous people comprise about five per cent of B.C.’s population, but account for about 30 per cent of people in provincial jails, Eby said Monday. “One of the pieces of work that we need to do in our province is making sure that we address the core issues that bring people into contact with the justice system, into conflict with the law, into conflict with their neighbours and communities,” he said at a  news conference at Chilliwack, east of Vancouver. “A lifetime in and out of jail doesn’t make anybody safer,” he said. “It…

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