M’Chigeeng’s Eli Fox named new Justice of the Peace

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M’CHIGEENG—A M’Chigeeng First Nation resident who has spent over two decades working in Indigenous justice in the Manitoulin District has been appointed as a Justice of the Peace within the Ontario Court of Justice, effective December 29.

Eli Douglas Fox has spent over two decades working in Indigenous justice in the Manitoulin District. Most recently, he was a program worker for the Indigenous Bail Verification and Supervision Program.

As part of this role Mr. Fox travelled to all First Nations across the Manitoulin District to provide supervision, support, counselling and referrals for a number of clients. He also attended court to develop suitable bail release plans in coordination with clients, duty counsel and Crown attorneys.

In addition to his duties in the bail program, Justice of the Peace Fox worked as the fire prevention officer for M’Chigeeng First Nation, inspecting homes and ensuring fire equipment was up to date, as well as training volunteer firefighters. He served as a volunteer firefighter in the community for two decades. He has also been an active member of Bushido Martial Arts and achieved the rank of second Dan black belt in karate.

As a member of the M’Chigeeng First Nation, Mr. Fox has contributed to numerous cultural activities and cared for the United Chiefs and Councils of Mnidoo Mnising’s sacred bundle.

Justice of the Peace Fox has been assigned to Kitchener. His appointment was announced by Attorney General Doug Downey, along with the appointment of 27 other JPs.