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Speakers confirmed for OACJP and Ottawa Court House Partnership Unveiling Event Friday, April 19, 1-2pm

Event and Programme

Ottawa, Ontario


Odawa Aboriginal Community Justice Programme 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.

Confirmed speakers for this ground-breaking event are Mark Marsolais, OACJP Coordinator; Brian Holowka, Crown Attorney; Josee Boulianne, Manager of Court Operations; and Hare, Executive Director at the Odawa Native Friendship Centre.

As the Aboriginal Community Justice Coordinator, Mark Marsolais, brings over 20 years of justice experience to the Odawa Native Friendship Center. In this role Mark is responsible for a diversion program that provides meaningful alternatives to the mainstream criminal justice system for adult and youthful First Nation, Métis and Inuit participants. Currently living in Ottawa, Mark is an Ojibwe who belongs to the Whitefish First Nation Indian Band of Manitoulin Island. He continues to teach and share his knowledge of traditional circles and the relations to working collaboratively with the justice system with the philosophical foundation of the seven grandfather teachings.

Brian Holowka is a Deputy Crown Attorney with the Ottawa Crown Attorney's Office, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. He prosecutes and supervises prosecutors in the Ontario and Superior Courts of Justice and the Ontario Review Board. He is an active wiretap agent and is frequently involved in advising the police in relation to complex investigations in the homicide, government corruption and national security contexts. He is a member of Ontario's Child Homicide Resource Team. He is active in educating both Crown prosecutors and police officers in the law related to search and seizure, wiretapping and criminal organizations. He is a director of the Ontario Crown Attorney's Association/Ministry of the Attorney General's Complex Prosecution and Wiretap Summer Schools.

Josée Boulianne joined the Ottawa Courthouse in November 2010 as the Manager of Court Operations. She was the youth probation manager for the Ottawa and Hawkesbury offices from July 2006 until October 2010. Previously, Josée held management positions with non-profit organizations. She also worked with the Office of the Children's Lawyer for two years. Josée has a Master's Degree in criminology and a Graduate Studies Diploma in management.

Morgan Hare, Executive Director at the Odawa Native Friendship Centre, is from the MChigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. He has been involved in urban Aboriginal program development for over 30 years. After serving with the Canadian Forces and later working for Correctional Services of Canada in Winnipeg, Manitoba, his primary work experience has been centered on Urban Aboriginal Community Betterment. Twenty two years were spent in an Inuit specific community organization. Although culturally distinct, many of the issues facing Inuit in an urban setting are mirrored in the Aboriginal community (First Nations, Inuit and Metis) served by Odawa.


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.

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.

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


Phone: 613-722-3811 ext 270

Fax: 613.729.0032‏