Vancouver Community College Partners With Indigenius & Associates

A partnership to develop and deliver a Gladue report writing program, the first of its kind offered at a post-secondary college in Western Canada.

A Gladue report is a pre-sentencing or bail hearing report, usually prepared at the request of the judge, defense counsel or crown attorney. The program will be designed for Indigenous community members, law students, lawyers, advocates, judges, Native Court Workers and anyone else interested in writing Gladue reports.

“At VCC, we are committed to addressing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, as well as to fulfilling our commitment to the Indigenous Education Protocol through our existing services and the development of unique programs,” says Tami Pierce, director of Indigenous Education and Community Engagement. “We are grateful to have the support and guidance of individuals who are dedicated to addressing the over-representation of Indigenous peoples in our court systems involved in the development of this program.”

The program advisory committee overseeing the design and development of this program includes representation from Legal Services Society of BC, Gladue Writers Association of BC, Probation, Ministry of Children & Families, Mediation Services, Indigenous Faculty and Indigenous Elders.

Gladue is also a sentencing principle that recognizes the racism and systemic discrimination Aboriginal peoples face in and out of the criminal law system. It instructs judges to consider all available sanctions other than imprisonment that are reasonable in the circumstances, with particular attention to the circumstances of Aboriginal offenders.

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