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Helping Clients Deal with Criminal Arrest

Recorded on February 6, 2014 – Meant for community workers, this webinar looks at some of the legal issues facing people at point of arrest to help understand how we can minimize stress for clients who may face criminal charges.

Available in:

English

Format:

Webinar

Produced/Updated In:

2014

Considering Young Aboriginal Women, Family and Legal Issues

Recorded on November 4, 2013 – This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series looks at the family and social context of young  Aboriginal women, and some legal considerations to help the social service providers they may work with.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

METRAC

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2013

The Crisis of Aboriginal Women Entangled in the Criminal Law

This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series looks at the high and increasing rate of Aboriginal women in prison, some root causes, and best practices for supporting Aboriginal women involved in the criminal law process. Hosted by Tamar Witelson, Legal Director, METRAC, joined by Christa Big Canoe, Legal Advocacy Director, Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

METRAC

Format:

Webinar

Produced/Updated In:

2012

Gladue Primer

This booklet is for Aboriginal defendants who want to know more about their Gladue rights and are working with their lawyer or advocate to prepare a Gladue report. It contains information about Gladue rights, the history of Gladue, and how Gladue works. The booklet also has a workbook and resources that walk users through the process of preparing a Gladue report.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2011

Justice for Aboriginal Peoples — It’s time

This video is part of a campaign intended to raise public awareness about Aboriginal issues and provide the tools necessary to help ensure that the rights of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada are respected.

Available in:

English

Format:

Video

Produced/Updated In:

2011

Gladue (Aboriginal Persons) Court

This section of the Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto web site describes Gladue Court, a court for sentencing and bail hearings which recognizes the unique circumstances of Aboriginal accused and Aboriginal offenders. This court is available to all Aboriginal people – Indian (status and non-status), Metis, and Inuit. There are also links to cases and articles written about Gladue.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2010

Are you Aboriginal? Do you have a bail hearing? Or are you going to be sentenced for a crime?

This booklet and accompanying poster are about the right of Aboriginal peoples, as a result of a case called Gladue, to have a judge take their background into account when setting bail or deciding on a sentence. The booklet explains the kind of information a judge needs in order to apply Gladue, when to give the judge this information, and where to go for help.

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2009

Are you Aboriginal? Do you have a bail hearing? Or are you going to be sentenced for a crime? (poster)

This poster, like the booklet with the same title, is about the right of Aboriginal peoples, as a result of a case called Gladue, to have a judge take their background into account when setting bail or deciding on a sentence. It includes a list of places to go for further help and information.

Format:

Poster

Produced/Updated In:

2009

Why is it important to tell your lawyer you are Aboriginal?

This brochure explains why it is important for First Nation, Métis, and Inuit people to identify themselves as Aboriginal to their lawyers so their lawyers can explore the areas of law that deal with Aboriginal circumstances or rights.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2009

Bail

Bail is a term that refers to the release of an accused person from custody while waiting for a criminal trial. This article explains what happens at a bail hearing, and what the courts consider in deciding whether or not to grant bail. It also explains the forms (or types) of release orders and the terms (or conditions) the court may put on an accused person who is granted bail.

Available in:

English

Format:

Newsletter

Produced/Updated In:

2006

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