The Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) launched a community-driven podcast series, Restoring Indigenous Humanity, on September 27th, 2022.
The new podcast series explores challenges faced by many Indigenous people when interacting with the Canadian justice system. Guided by the principles of our USAI Research Framework, the community-driven six-episode series features OFIFC and four Friendship Centres from across the province: Toronto Council Fire, Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre (Peterborough), Brantford Regional Indigenous Support Centre, and United Native Friendship Centre (Fort Frances). The justice-focused podcast also includes perspectives from OFIFC President and Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre Executive Director Jennifer Dockstader. The podcast series was created through the Indigenous Realities of Navigating the Canadian Justice System project, funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario.
The goal of the podcast is to address systemic injustices that require accountability, as well as solutions being created and those still needed. It covers a range of topics, including advocacy and support for women going through the justice system, the failure to protect victims of intimate partner violence, personal experiences with the justice system, bail and its impact on victims, shelters for victims of domestic violence, the experiences of 2SLBGTQQIA+ individuals interacting with justice processes reinforcing the gender binary, and a lack of access to court services in remote areas. Discussions also include the variety of support programming offered at Friendship Centres and in communities to address these issues.
The series is available on SoundCloud: www.soundcloud.com/ofifc