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New materials developed for Aboriginal people facing bail or sentencing

Posted on: Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Are you Aboriginal?

A new poster and brochure detailing the Gladue requirements that must be respected whenever courts are sentencing or setting bail for Aboriginal people has been prepared by CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario / Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario), the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres, and Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto.

The materials discuss the importance of a judge knowing that a person is Aboriginal when the judge is setting bail or deciding on a sentence. Judges have this duty when an Aboriginal person is before any criminal court in Canada.

The brochure can be used for a variety of purposes – displayed in office pamphlet racks, given out at community events, used by lawyers and legal workers as a supplement to advice, and distributed at workshops or presentations.

The poster is designed to alert Aboriginal people to their Gladue rights, and to let people know where they can go to get the brochure and more information.

Copies of the brochure and poster can be ordered free of charge using the order form on CLEO’s web site or by calling CLEO at 416-408-4420 ext. 33.

The project was funded by The Law Foundation of Ontario, with a contribution from Legal Aid Ontario.


Link to PDF of Gladue brochure:

Link to PDF of Gladue poster:

Link to page on CLEO web site with descriptions of brochure and poster: