The Six Nations Justice Department came into development after the Truth and Reconciliation Report was completed and published in 2015. Importantly, the report is a summary on the findings that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission gathered on the legacy of residential schools. The Final Report discusses what the Commission did and how it went about its work, as well as what it heard, read, and concluded about the schools and afterwards, based on all the evidence available to it. The fallout or the legacy of residential schools has had detrimental effects on generations of indigenous families from loss of culture, language, and family and community connection.
In the TRC report there is a call for action highlighting changes for child welfare, education, language and culture, health and justice. Prior to this report, many First Nations on reserve had little opportunity to secure funding for justice programming that was equivalent to urban or mainstream funding. In 2015, with the newly appointed Kim Murray, Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Aboriginal Justice Division, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General worked on leading the development of new provincial programs and services to support Indigenous people in the justice system. The Six Nations Justice Coordinator was able to submit proposals for program funding for 2017-2018 and subsequent years.
The Six Nations Justice Department has been delivering programs such as the Community Standards, Restorative Justice and the Bail Verification and Supervision since July 2017. As well, Indigenous Victim Services has been delivering services to Indigenous people since June 2018.