Published In

University of British Columbia Law Review

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1989

Subjects

Indigenous peoples; Criminal justice system; Imprisonment

Abstract

Statistics regarding the impact of the criminal justice system on native people in Canada are so stark and appalling that the magnitude of the problem can be neither misunderstood nor interpreted away. Native people come into contact with Canada's correctional system in numbers grossly disproportionate to their representation in the community. More than any other group in Canada they are subject to the damaging impacts of the criminal justice system's heaviest sanctions. This paper examines Canadian criminal justice statistics from 1960s through 1980s and advocates for aboriginal justice systems.

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