Project 1

Project 1

Published on 21 February 2022
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Transcript
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Indigenous Peoples of Canada in Prisons & Justice System
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By Lucy Wood and Noa Mendell
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Gladue; decision taken by Canadian gov a few decades ago. Judges were advised to take consideration of other factors that might have imposed themselves on Indigenous women-take into account the life history. (Survivor of residential school, involved in 60’s scoop, economic prospects reduced due to certain laws affecting employment of buying property).
00:24
Gladue isn’t being taken seriously. People believe one's crimes shouldn’t be disregarded just for the fact of them being Indigenous. Gladue ends up being negative because if one is deemed of having family abuse, drug abuse, addiction etc due to colonial ties, it’ll be considered as a risk factor: they’ll be put in higher security facilities for a longer amount of time. Since Gladue, prison rates have INCREASED!
00:46
Colten Boushie was a 22-year-old Indigenous man who was fatally shot on a Saskatchewan farm by the owner. The man who shot Mr. Boushie, Stanley stood trial for second degree murder and manslaughter, but he was found innocent.
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Prisons are seen as the ‘ new residential schools’ as they go from foster care, to youth corrections right into federal prison. Indigenous peoples are imprisoned in a federal facility for protesting and defending natural resources. If these forms of oppression against Indigenous peoples had stopped 200 years ago, this problem would have subsided. The issue is RACISM
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Why are Indigenous females the highest % incarcerated? Over history they have been picked on for defending their children from being taken away, for being sexually assaulted from the original police, murdered and missing indigenous women. Triple disadvantage. All the laws and policies being placed against Indigenous women ie Indian Act still affect them negatively. Higher rates of girls and women in corrections facilities, higher rates of missing and murdered. Higher rates of suicide. Higher rates of mental health issues. Many Indigenous people die in police custody or get sexually assaulted by the police force. – This issue isn’t being addressed but it needs to be when first being put into police custody and when incarcerated.