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Successful Graduate of Odawa Aboriginal Community Justice Programme, Cody Coyote Reaches Out To Angry Aboriginal Youth

Ottawa, Ontario


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Cody Coyote, a recent graduate of the Odawa Aboriginal Community Justice Programme, reaches out to angry and troubled youth through his music. Much of his work is informed by his experiences. Cody's goal with his music is to reach those who feel the same way he did and can relate to the things he has been through. He wishes to inspire and encourage them to put their minds to any positive out there, and show them that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to.


"I am a Hip-Hop/Experimental recording artist and songwriter. Growing up I had encountered certain challenges and situations that had made me a very angry person. I ended up doing certain things that got me into trouble and I ended up getting charged for some of them, too. I found that music helped me through these tough times and continues to be my outlet."


When trouble with the law brought Cody to the Court House, he was offered the option of taking part in the OACJP. "It really caught my interest because I had always wanted to get in touch with my culture and I was willing to give it a shot. At the beginning of the programme I got to be a part of a healing circle which consisted of three band members, my case worker, my mother, my father, and an Elder." The healing circle resulted in a Healing Plan for Cody to complete.


The Odawa Aboriginal Community Justice Programme, OACJP successfully keeps eligible aboriginal offenders out of the criminal justice system.   Eligible offenders enter the programme with personalized healing plans which may include therapy and counselling, addictions programmes, cultural programmes to help reconnect or strengthen the individual's cultural identity, and other suitable programmes. One of the OACJP Healing Plan's end goals is to minimize repeat offences. Successful completion of the individual's OACJP Healing Plan results in his/her charges being withdrawn by the Court.


"I was very grateful to be a part of all this and it was a great honour to meet with the Elder to take part in this. I owe him the greatest gratitude I can possible offer." Cody successfully completed his Healing Plan. "I was ready to continue my journey and see what life had in store for me. I knew that I was ready to continue doing music but to also start pursuing a goal that I had to help others. I've always had an interest to talk to youth about my experiences and to get them involved in music. I feel that that the Healing Plan and OACJP had helped me greatly in regards to seeing the positives that I have, along with making me more focused on them as well. My main message for others would be that if you stay focussed with a positive mentality you can accomplish anything you desire."


OACJP offers justice services to off-set the over-representation of Aboriginal, Metis and Inuit peoples in the criminal justice system. Supported by The Department of Justice, Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres and The Ministry of the Attorney General, OACJP runs at the Odawa Native Friendship Centre, 12 Sterling Avenue, Ottawa.


Cody will be attending OACJP's event to officially unveil its partnership with the Ottawa Court House in traditional ceremony with speakers, drumming and refreshments, Friday April 19th, 2013 from 1pm to 2pm, Main Atrium, Ottawa Court House, 161 Elgin St., Ottawa. He will be available for interviews.


Cody Coyote has a website http://www.codycoyotemusic.com

and a youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/CodyCoyoteOnThisIsh


For more information on the event and/or the OACJP please contact:

communityjustice odawa.on.ca

Phone: 613-722-3811 ext 270

Fax: 613.729.0032‏

http://www.odawa.on.ca/programs/justice