Hot Off the Press: New Aboriginal publications about Gladue rights and First Nations Court

We’ve just released three new Aboriginal publications about Gladue rights and First Nations Court in print and online, and two more will be coming later this year. People who identify as Aboriginal have Gladue rights under the Criminal Code as a result of their circumstances (experiences) in Canada. The word Gladue comes from a Supreme Court of Canada case about an Aboriginal woman named Jamie Gladue. In her case, the judge said that the criminal justice system failed Aboriginal people and too many Aboriginal people were being sent to jail. As a result, judges must consider an Aboriginal person’s background as well as the history of Aboriginal people in Canada when Aboriginal people are in court for bail, sentencing, or appeals.

To learn more about Gladue rights and First Nations Court, check out these new publications!

Your Gladue Rights

Aboriginal peoples have rights under the Criminal Code of Canada called Gladue rights. This brief, plain language booklet explains:

  • Gladue and how it’s applied in court,
  • restorative justice,
  • the history of Gladue, and
  • the difference between written Gladue reports and oral Gladue submissions.

What’s First Nations Court?

This fact sheet for Aboriginal peoples explains restorative justice at First Nations Court, how to get into First Nations Court, where they’re located, and what a healing plan is.

Gladue Rights at Bail and Sentencing

This infographic poster shows when Gladue is applied at bail and sentencing hearings, and when to get a Gladue report or prepare a Gladue submission.

Coming soon:

Gladue Submission Guide

Gladue Report Guide