Mi'kmaq Legal Support Network
The Mi’kmaq Legal Support Network (MLSN) exists as a justice support system for Aboriginal people who are involved in the criminal justice system in Nova Scotia.
Through the past number of years, MLSN has provided core services through the Mi’kmaq Court Worker and Mi’kmaq Customary Law Programs. Both programs are administered through a centralized umbrella organization hosted at The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq. This umbrella or core provides additional support services for Aboriginal people in Nova Scotia by identifying and addressing gaps in the provision of mainstream justice programs and services.
Since its inception, MLSN has always attempted to make a non-Mi’kmaq system of justice better for Aboriginal people in Nova Scotia. This system is largely process oriented and lacking Aboriginal cultural values. MLSN programs and services help bridge these gaps but is often found that the criminal justice system needs to be more receptive to Mi’kmaq concepts of justice.