Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO), an independent political forum that is composed by 32 First Nations from Southern Manitoba established its Department of Justice in 2001. The mission of SCO’s Department of Justice is to reassert full First Nation control and jurisdiction over criminal law and the administration of justice. First Nation systems will be based on fairness, impartiality, community healing, offender reintegration and good government.

SCO’s Department of Justice is currently intent on devising projects geared toward the transfer of certain justice programs to SCO from the Province of Manitoba. Additionally, the organization seeks to design and implement culturally specific justice programs that are informed by the expressed needs of its widely diverse Aboriginal constituency.



Judges – Manitoba Courts