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Op-ed: Gov’t insincere in attempts to reduce indigenous over-incarceration – StarPhoenix

by pmnationtalk on August 18, 2016176 Views

August 18, 2016

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission operated on the principle that Canadian society must acknowledge and provide restitution for its participation in Canada’s colonial system before reconciliation can meaningfully begin. Residential schools were the Commission’s focus, but constitute only one piece of colonialism, a system which takes many forms, and continues today.

There are many actions that non-indigenous Canadians can take to help meet the Commission’s calls to action, such as ensuring that all indigenous people who come before the Canadian justice system have their Gladue rights protected. These rights were established as legal precedent in 1999 and require judges to consider colonial history and systemic discrimination during sentencing.

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