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French Language Services

This section of the Ministry of the Attorney General website aims to inform the Francophone population of its rights to French language services in Ontario’s justice sector.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Guide for Lawyers Working with Indigenous Peoples

The Guide is meant to act as a resource for lawyers to learn about historical and cultural elements that provide context for the professional relationship between an Indigenous person and their lawyer. It also provides tools to help lawyers represent Indigenous clients as effectively as possible, and a number of resources to encourage lawyers to continue their education.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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

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

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Aboriginal Women: Alternative Dispute Resolution

This booklet describes alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and provides information on when, and when not, to use ADR to deal with family law issues. There are sections explaining four kinds of ADR: negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and collaborative family law. There is a case scenario involving the Talking Together program.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2008

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