I'm really pleased that the money for the indigenous justice program has been made permanent. We can look at many examples across the country where there are culturally appropriate community approaches to addressing individuals who find themselves in the criminal justice system. This is something that I applaud and want to continue to pursue.
The overrepresentation of individuals, marginalized individuals, indigenous peoples in the criminal justice system needs to be addressed through innovative practices, through culturally appropriate practices, and through prevention. This will help us to address the ongoing reality of the colonial legacy and to pursue restorative justice measures.
This is where the indigenous justice program is so great—it assists us in finding what other measures we can support to do as much as we can to create off-ramps so that individuals, indigenous peoples who find themselves in the justice system, can take advantage of those off-ramps, of those restorative justice measures. I've been pleased to have many round tables, along with my officials, across the country where we learn of substantive examples that communities are undertaking in this regard.
With respect to indigenous peoples, we are looking at different approaches to rehabilitation, different off-ramps, to assist in what I believe is a fundamental obligation to look at rehabilitation in the criminal justice system. A substantial number of individuals are there because of marginalization, poverty, mental illness, and addictions. We need to find ways to ensure that we are doing everything we can as a government and as a society to assist those individuals and give them the help they need to address those addictions.