Gladue: What It Is and Why It Matters – North York HSJCC Lunch & Learn – 2022-09-29

Learning Objectives:  

  • Participants will develop an understanding of how the decision in R v Gladue in 1999 has led to changes in the way Indigenous people are dealt with throughout the court process.
  • Participants will learn how Gladue Reports are requested and what sorts of issues are canvassed in a Gladue Report.


Jonathan Rudin received his LL.B. and LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. In 1990 he was hired to establish Aboriginal Legal Services and has been with ALS ever since. Currently he is the Program Director. Mr. Rudin has appeared before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.
At ALS he helped establish the Community Council – the first urban Aboriginal justice program in Canada in 1992, and in 2001 helped establish the Gladue (Aboriginal Persons) Court at the Old City Hall Courts in Toronto.
Mr. Rudin has written and spoken widely on issues of Indigenous justice. His book, Indigenous People and the Criminal Justice System was released by Emond Publishing in 2018 and won the Walter Owen Book Prize from the Canadian Foundation for Legal Research in 2019. A second edition of the book was published in July 2022.
Mr. Rudin teaches in the Masters of Law program at Osgoode Hall Law School and was the Constitutional Litigator in Residence at the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights at the University of Toronto Law School in the fall of 2021. Last but not least, he plays the mandolin and sings with Gordon’s Acoustic Living Room, a group that plays regularly in Toronto and has a number of videos on YouTube.