TORONTO – A new report finds Ontario’s First Nations face a justice and jury system “in a state of crisis.”
Former Supreme Court of Canada justice Frank Iacobucci says the problem is particularly acute in the north.
His report makes 17 recommendations aimed at ensuring the cultural values and ideologies of First Nations are better reflected in the justice system.
The province asked Iacobucci to look into the issue in 2011, after criminal trials and inquests ground to a halt over lack of aboriginal representation on juries.
The study finds the problem goes beyond juries to a broader conflict between First Nations and a justice system they say fails them.
Iacobucci says he hopes the report will serve as a wake-up call.