Subject: Law
Credit units: 3
Offered: Either Term 1 or Term 2
Weekly hours: 2 Seminar/Discussion hours and 1 Reading hours
College: Law
Department: Law (Dean's Office)


This seminar will be designed to give exposure to a myriad of subtopics relating generally to the relationship between the criminal justice system and Indigenous people of Canada. From Policing to Sentencing Indigenous people have been overrepresented and mistreated by the justice system at all stages. Certainly there is significant alienation from police and courts. The Supreme Court of Canada has acknowledged that the system has been systemically racist in the sentencing decisions of Gladue and Ipeelee. Indeed, Gladue, while appearing to have not had much of an impact, is being used in many stages of the criminal justice system beyond sentencing. The seminar will be designed to explore the myriad of reasons for the alienation of Indigenous peoples and search for solutions thereto. The seminar will provide readings in a wide range of historical and modern sources to provide a strong grounding for the student in relevant topics.

Note: LAW 423 and LAW 425 are recommended.

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