Michael Jacobson-Weston

Michael Jacobson-Weston

Coordinator, Alert Bay Community Justice Program, Aboriginal Justice Worker

Alert Bay, British Columbia, Canada (British Columbia, Canada)
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Michael Jacobson-Weston's Overview

  • Board Member at Canadian Restorative Justice Consortium
  • Gladue Report Writer at Independent Contractor Legal Services Society
  • First Responder, Team member at Aboriginal Suicide and Critical Incident Response
  • Coordinator at Alert Bay Community Justice Program
  • Aboriginal Justice Worker at Community Advocate
  • Board of Directors at Wachiay Friendship Centre

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Michael Jacobson-Weston's Summary

As an Aboriginal Justice Worker and Community Advocate I strive to reduce the participation of community members in the Criminal Justice System guided by a Restorative Justice philosophy.

Michael Jacobson-Weston's Experience

Board Member

Canadian Restorative Justice Consortium

March 2012Present (2 years 7 months) Alert Bay, B.C.

Member of the inaugural Board of Directors. Getting the CRJC off the ground.

Gladue Report Writer

Independent Contractor Legal Services Society

March 2010Present (4 years 7 months) Vancouver Island

Individuals who self-identify as Aboriginal have rights under the Criminal Code, often called Gladue rights. Gladue rights refer to the special considerations that judges must give an Aboriginal person when setting bail or during sentencing. Under section 718 (2) (e) of the Criminal Code of Canada, judges must consider all options other than jail. Gladue rights apply to all Aboriginal people: status or non-status Indians, First Nations, Metis, or Inuit, and is not of concern if they live on reserve or off reserve, or if they live in an Aboriginal community or a non-Aboriginal community--Gladue still applies to them.
The Gladue report delves into the clients Aboriginal background. Giving the Judge, Crown, and Defence Council information on the historical and present causal affects of the clients presence in the Criminal Justice System. The analysis of these causal effects by the writer will give rise to recommendations as to what may work for this client in a non-custodial setting; also known as their “healing journey.” This healing journey is directly derived from the causal effects and connected to community resources available to help on this journey.

First Responder, Team member

Aboriginal Suicide and Critical Incident Response

2010Present (4 years) Alert Bay, B.C., Vancouver Island Region

As a front-line worker in an Aboriginal community, suicide is a reality. ASCIRTeam members feel it is our responsibility to educate ourselves to be able to handle most if not all our clients needs. Recognizing suicidal ideation is an unfortunate need we are willing to meet. This is not an easy position so we need to be 'self-care' professionals as well.


Alert Bay Community Justice Program

May 2007Present (7 years 5 months) Alert Bay, B.C.

This program provides Legal Advocacy for community members. The Restorative Justice component accepts referrals from community, RCMP, Crown Council, and Probation. Having received training at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) in BC Corrections Core programs I supervise adult probation clients as well as provide facilitation in Substance Abuse Management and Respectful Relationships. Training received from the Legal Service's Society of B.C. enables me to author Gladue Reports on Aboriginal Clients.
As an advocate I have an open door policy to all community members that have a legal situation they need guidance, support, assistance, or referral.

Aboriginal Justice Worker

Community Advocate

19812011 (30 years)

Assisted community members navigate the criminal justice system.

Board of Directors

Wachiay Friendship Centre

20012002 (1 year)

Normal participation and decision making of an Aboriginal Friendship Centre. With assistance of two other staff developed an FASD youth engagement program.

Michael Jacobson-Weston's Projects

  • Alert Bay Aboriginal Crime Prevention Pilot Research project

    • March 2012 to Present

    The BC Government launched the "Building and Sharing Culturally Responsive Crime Prevention Practices in BC's Aboriginal Communities" project in March 2012. 3 BC Aboriginal Communities were chosen and Alert Bay was one of those communities. It is a two year research project to plan, coordinate, and lead activities to address issues of crime and violence. This project will unfold in the next month or two.

  • Vancouver Island Region Restorative Justice Association

    • 2008 to Present
    Team Members: Michael Jacobson-Weston, Pearl Hunt, Bruce Curtis, Caryl Wylie, Etta Conner, Gail Jewsbury, Gay Armstrong, Geanine Robey, Gillian Lindquist

    Vancouver Island Region Restorative Justice Association (VIRRJA) is the first formalized regional association of Restorative Justice (RJ) practitioners/programs in British Columbia (BC).

Michael Jacobson-Weston's Courses

  • BC Corrections Core Programs

    Justice Institute of British Columbia

    • Facilitation Skills
  • Independent Coursework

    • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
    • Attachment Disorder
    • Gladue Report Writing
    • Emergency Medical Responder

Michael Jacobson-Weston's Skills & Expertise

  1. Policy
  2. Mediation
  3. Criminal Law
  4. Management
  5. Analysis
  6. Research
  7. Dispute Resolution
  8. Community Outreach
  9. Legal Research
  10. Non-profits
  11. Fundraising
  12. Teaching
  13. Nonprofits
  14. Government
  15. Training
  16. Workshop Facilitation
  17. Community Development
  18. Program Development
  19. Program Evaluation
  20. Policy Analysis
  21. Economic Development
  22. Grant Writing
  23. Conflict Resolution

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Michael Jacobson-Weston's Education

Justice Institute of British Columbia

BC Corrections Core Programs


Camosun College

Diploma, Criminology


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