About the Board
The Indigenous Justice Association is formed from the Indigenous Justice Programs throughout British Columbia. The IJA was created in response to a changing field within the criminal and restorative justice process to provide a point of contact for political and policy conversations. The members of the board for the IJA are elected from within one of each six regions. These members of the Board of Directors.
Anna Tonasket is the Manager of the South Okanagan Restorative Justice Program and has been with the program since its inception in February 2009. Anna was elected to the Penticton Indian Band Council in 2000 – 2004 and in 2004 – 2008, Anna held the Community Safety and Emergency Services portfolio. It was through her community portfolio work that she became interested in restorative justice practices and principles and completed the Community Justice Forum Facilitator training in 2007 and undertook further training at the Justice Institute of BC in 2009-2010.Read More
The South Okanagan Restorative Justice Program’s mandate is to effect change within the existing criminal justice system through the reinstatement of traditional discipline and traditional community practices that would assist in the rehabilitation of offenders and healing victims of crime.
Anna was elected to the Indigenous Justice Association Board of Director as the Vice-President in June 2019 for a two year term (2019 – 2021)
Anna is of Okanagan (Syilx) ancestry and a registered member of the Penticton Indian Band. Anna is the proud mother of 4 adult children (2 sons & 2 daughters) and she has been blessed with 5 granddaughters, 5 grandsons and 1 great grandson.