This seminar examined the responsibilities of the Northern Courts in the wake of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Special attention was paid to the linkages between health and justice and the types of court orders which promote effective rehabilitation.
The objective of this seminar was to provide superior court trial judges from the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and the Yukon with an improved understanding of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and the courts’ responsibilities in the wake of its Calls to Action.
Sessions were led by appellate judges, lawyers from the public and private bars, an Indigenous Elder and a public health academic. Through a combination of lectures, roundtable discussions and small-group exercises, participants explored reconciliation with Indigenous peoples; the responsibilities of the courts in the context of reconciliation; the intersection between health and justice; and Gladue reports and sentencing orders which make for effective rehabilitation of Indigenous offenders.