The notion of accomodation reflects the belief that, whilethere are many reasons to believe that the Canadian criminal justicesystem must change in its relations with aboriginals, our currentsystem of justice is sufficiently understanding, flexible, andcompassionate to accomodate to aboriginals and their needs.
We find that a system that seeks to provide justice on the principle that all Canadians share common values and experiences cannot help but discriminate against Aboriginal people, who come to the system with cultural values and experiences that differ substantially from those of the dominant society.
Volume 1: The Justice System andAboriginal People.
Whether that leads ultimately to a constitutional provision does not deter us from our conclusion that the establishment of Aboriginal justice systems can, with effort and cooperation, be accomplished.
Wrongful convictions in the criminal justice system (BP-285E)
The generalpicture is one of institutionalized racism, i.e., where aboriginalpeoples are systematically disadvantaged whenever they are placedin the crucible of contemporary Canadian criminal justice.
WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
Those who have worried about the "impracticalities"of making wholesale changes to aboriginal-governmental relationsin the justice area have suggested that, as a minimum, effortscould be made to involve more persons of aboriginal heritage inthe criminal justice system.
Essay On Youth Criminal Justice Act
Efforts at reform over the last several years, such as through expanded legal aid services and the development of Aboriginal court worker programs, have been aimed at addressing issues that primarily arise in urban courts, as have attempts at "indigenizing" the justice system.
youths are prosecuted under Canadas criminal justice system..
Indeed,it seems clear that natives are discriminated against at virtuallyevery moment of the criminal justice process -- they are "over-policed"compared to non-natives; are placed under greater surveillance;are more likely to be arrested than whites given identical circumstances;are less likely to have adequate legal representation; are lesslikely to understand court procedures (for both linguistic andbroader cultural reasons); are more likely to plead guilty; areless likely to be granted bail; are more likely to be given incarcerativesentences; and are less likely to receive probation and parolethan non-natives with similar offence histories.
Nor has the justice system assisted Aboriginal peoples in ..
The Task Force on the Criminal JusticeSystem (1991), for example, stated
"It is our position that numerous changes can be made relativelyquickly to the existing criminal justice system to make it moresensitive to the needs of Aboriginal people.