Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Image from Calgary Herald

Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General has said that “Angela’s story is a crucial reminder that we must do better, not only in her memory, but for all victims who come into contact with the justice system. When victims come forward to tell their story, we need to ensure they are not only heard, but that they are treated with courtesy, compassion and respect throughout every step towards justice. I want to thank Roberta Campbell for her recommendations, which are aimed at improving the system.”

An independent review into the treatment of “Angela Cardinal” includes several recommendations to address how victims of crime are treated, including when they are testifying in court as witnesses.

Specifically, the report recommended changes that include clarifying and updating sheriff and Crown prosecution policies, the best way to deliver services and supports to victims, and the coordination, transportation and housing of witnesses who may have to testify in court. Progress has already been made on several recommendations, with action underway on others, while some require further research and consultation.

In Angela Cardinal’s memory, the government is working to create a $50,000 bursary to assist Indigenous women and organizations. The province will have further discussions with organizations that work in this field to determine the best way to allocate the funding.

Along with ordering the independent investigation that resulted in the recommendations, Minister Ganley also tasked a special committee to recommend policies surrounding how victims of crime are treated. The committee’s work is expected to be finalized this spring.