Next year will mark 25 years since the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in R. v. Gladue. Many restorative justice practices have been put in place since then for Indigenous people in conflict with the law, yet Indigenous peoples in Canada are still overrepresented in prison populations. This presentation will look at societal factors that can lead to such over representation. It will also look at the restorative justice practices being used in Canada, including sentencing circles post-Gladue and more recently. The purpose of a Gladue Report and the work of a Gladue Writer will be discussed. The conclusion will be a discussion of Indigenous People’s Courts in Ontario.
Presented at the 2023 HSJCC Virtual Conference on November 16, 2023.
Melanie (she/her) Garant
Aboriginal Legal Services