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Cotler announces 'seven R' plan for aboriginal justice
Last Updated Thu, 10 Nov 2005 14:27:33 EST
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Within the justice system, aboriginals are over-represented as victims and
offenders and under-represented as lawyers and judges, Justice Minister Irwin
Cotler said Thursday.
Federal Justice Minister, Irwin Cotler.
Cotler announced a new strategy to deal with aboriginal justice. He said the
strategy should be based on seven Rs:
1. Recognition.
2. Respect.
3. Redress.
4. Representation.
5. Responsiveness.
6. Reconciliation.
7. Relationships.
Aboriginals need to be recognized as the original inhabitants of Canada and
appreciated for "their experience of victimization," Cotler said.
The constitutional and legal status of aboriginal people must be respected,
he said, and the wrongs committed against them must be redressed.
Cotler also stressed the importance of countering the over-representation of
aboriginal peoples in the justice system as victims and as offenders and
their under-representation as lawyers, court workers and judges.
He said the government must be responsive in meeting legal obligations to
aboriginals. Specifically, Cotler pointed to recent Supreme Court judgments that
state the Crown has an obligation to consult with aboriginals when dealing
with Section 35 of the Charter (recognizing and affirming existing aboriginal
and treaty rights).
Cotler said if those five "Rs" are realized, then the final two "Rs" ( mutual
and authentic reconciliation and renewal of relationships) will be reached.
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