Supreme court hears case that could have far reaching impacts on Indigenous prisoners

Prison reform advocates from across the country joined forces today at the Supreme Court to challenge the way Indigenous prisoners are classified in Canada’s penitentiaries.

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  1. justice for indigenous folks must begin with the recognition that injustice preceded it. This faint light is illuminating the darkness that for generations have cost Canadian tax dollars in the billions while. Crime reduction will be the result of the above initiatives by giving hope to those who have been conditioned to not expect much from Ottawa. This new hope makes restorative justice programs more viable, saves life’s, builds communities and lessons tax expenditures by both federal and provincial governments, as indigenous folks build greater communities, needing less aid , Let’s hope that the talk, just isn’t talk.

    1. I agree Richard. A faint light is shining, but appears to be growing in strength. The issue will always be around whether or not the political will for reconciliation is strong enough to pay the cost for change. Short term investment in change will result in long term gain but the political class too often suffers from short-sightedness. We need to let our leaders know that the Canadian public is in this reconciliation process for the long haul.

  2. This potential ruling will be very timely as the Federal Government is undergoing a review of legislation, policies and processes impacting Indigenous peoples. From my understanding, it is an inter-departmental review. I agree that cases concerning Indigenous inmates require closer examination on many levels. Change is coming; social justice is in the wind and has been for a few years now with respect to favourable Supreme Court ruling concerning Indigenous peoples rights.

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