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Do you identify yourself as an Aboriginal person? Do you help people who do?
The term Aboriginal includes:
- status and non-status Indians,
- Inuit, and
- anyone who self-identifies as Aboriginal (if you think of yourself as Aboriginal).
This section has information and publications about the issues that are important to Aboriginal people. It also has information about the help that legal aid and other groups can give.
The Legal Services Society is committed to increasing awareness of unique Aboriginal legal rights and supporting the strengths of Aboriginal cultures and communities.
Important information regarding the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement: The deadline to apply to the Independent Assessment Process has passed.
If you experienced sexual abuse or serious physical abuse at an Indian residential school and you have not yet talked to a lawyer, call a lawyer on the settlement agreement list to find out what your options are. Or call the Indian Residential School Survivors Society. The society can also provide you with information and emotional support.
For more information, click the Indian Residential Schools Settlement button below.
Click the images below for more information on this and other issues.
Indian Residential Schools Settlement deadline: September 2012
The deadline for Independent Assessment Process (IAP) applications has passed.
If you experienced sexual abuse or serious physical abuse at an Indian residential school and you have not yet contacted a lawyer, call a lawyer on the settlement agreement list to find out what your options are. Or call the Indian Residential School Survivors Society. The society can also provide information and emotional support.
For more information, click the Indian Residential Schools Settlement button below, and see the updated government fact sheet.
Update — Common Experience Payment (CEP) deadline
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Gladue report writing
Coordinator, Centre for Aboriginal Programs & Services
Phone: 604-528-5608 (Greater Vancouver)
Health, Crime, and Doing Time — Ministry of Health report
The Ministry of Health's report, Health, Crime, and Doing Time: Potential Impacts of the Safe Streets and Communities Act on the Health and Well-being of Aboriginal People in BC, explores the potential impact of the Act on Aboriginal people in BC. Includes a discussion on the relationship between poor health and involvement in crime and the rates of incarceration of Aboriginal people.
The Provincial Health Officer's presentation summarizes the report.
First Nations Court opens in Kamloops
Kamloops has opened its own First Nations Court. The court will meet once a month. The court will take a restorative justice approach to sentencing, with elders providing guidance and support. Duty counsel will be available to defendants.
There is already a First Nations Court in New Westminster.
Aboriginal people in the justice system — Toronto Star article
Unequal justice: Aboriginal and black inmates disproportionately fill Ontario jails — This article discusses the overrepresentation of Aboriginal people in youth and adult jails.
Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc Justice Newsletter
Justice newsletter — Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc Justice administers and delivers justice programs and services for Aboriginal adults in the Secwépemc territory.
Cross-border issues (Jay Treaty)
The Jay Treaty is an agreement that allows Native Americans born in Canada to travel freely across the United States/Canadian border.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder & Justice
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder & Justice — A website where justice system professionals and others can learn about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and how it affects clients. Includes information on strategies for effective intervention.
New free legal clinic in Victoria
Matrimonial property rights
CBC radio's The Current addresses the interim federal law that came into effect last fall concerning matrimonial property rights for Aboriginal women. Line Paré of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, and Aboriginal lawyers Pamela Palmater and Jean Teillet are the guests. Listen to the episode.
Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)
Aboriginal rights — New resource for lawyers
Preparing an Aboriginal Rights Case — An Overview for Defence Counsel is a booklet for lawyers that explains Aboriginal rights and what's involved in Aboriginal rights cases.
LSS is continuing a pilot project to fund Gladue reports for legal aid clients. Read more.