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Ministry of Attorney General

Media Relations
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Nancy Argyle

Manager, Media Relations
BC First Nations Justice Council
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Jacqueline Wood

Legal Aid BC
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Facts about Gladue decision, reports

Gladue rights were introduced following the Supreme Court of Canada’s 1999 landmark decision in R. v. Gladue, which recognized the need to address the crisis of over-representation of Indigenous people involved in the Canadian criminal justice system.

  • Moving Gladue services to the BC First Nations Justice Council (BCFNJC) is a commitment under the BC First Nations Justice Strategy, which is focused on the following broad outcomes:
    • Reduce the number of First Nations people who become involved with the criminal justice system and improve the experiences of those who do.
    • Create and maintain tangible opportunities for justice partners to work with Indigenous nations and communities, to help prioritize diversion for their members and create exit strategies from the criminal justice process.
    • Through self-determination, support B.C.’s 203 First Nations to restore their Indigenous justice systems and structures.
    • Increase the number of First Nations people employed within the justice system.
  • Other recent government actions to improve access to Indigenous justice include:
    • partnering with the BCFNJC to open three Indigenous justice centres (IJCs) in Merritt, Prince George and Prince Rupert, improving access to culturally safe Indigenous legal services. Additional IJCs are also planned for another 12 locations throughout the province; and
    • opening a new Indigenous court in Williams Lake – the seventh dedicated Indigenous court in B.C.