05/08/2012 10:09 EDT | Updated 07/08/2012 05:12 EDT

Aboriginal justice program gets more funding

The Aboriginal Justice Strategy will be funded for another year.

The federal government announced it will give $12.5 million to the strategy, which helps to support community justice programs across Canada.

"We’ve been using them as additional funding for our funding to communities, so it’s really, really good news," said Rebekah Williams, Nunavut’s assistant deputy minister for the Department of Justice.

Williams said the funding will be added to the territorial government’s contributions to community justice, which is about $2 million.

Williams said many cases in the territory successfully go through community justice programs.

"We use it for community-based justice, traditional-kind of justice counselling, crime prevention, and as an alternative to courts."

She said the government will look at other options throughout the year in case the federal government doesn’t renew funding for the program in the future.