Government of Canada hosts a symposium on Indigenous justice systems
“Indigenous peoples have formed and operated dynamic systems of justice from time immemorial. Fostering discussion and exchange on Indigenous laws and legal traditions is an important step towards advancing reconciliation, and ensuring that Indigenous perspectives are reflected in the Canadian justice system.”
The Honourable David Lametti, P.C., Q.C., M.P.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
“It’s important that we hear directly from Indigenous communities, elders and chiefs about Indigenous laws and legal traditions. By creating a space where everyone can listen, exchange ideas and learn from one another’s experiences, we can better understand how Indigenous and non-Indigenous legal traditions can co-exist within Canada’s constitutional framework.”
Arif Virani, M.P.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls on federal, provincial and territorial governments to commit to the recognition and implementation of Indigenous justice systems. It calls for this to be done in a manner consistent with the Treaty and Aboriginal rights of Indigenous peoples, the Constitution Act, 1982, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
In 2016, Indigenous people in Manitoba made up 18% of the population and Indigenous adults represented 74% of admissions to provincial custody.
Indigenous adults comprised 4.1 percent of Canada’s population, but represented 27 percent of admissions to federal custody and 30 percent in provincial and territorial custody.
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Office of the Minister of Justice
Department of Justice Canada
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