Aboriginal Justice Strategy
The Aboriginal Justice Strategy (AJS) is an initiative by Legal Aid Ontario to expand access to justice and increase LAO’s ability to respond to local needs of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit clients and communities.
Legal Aid and First Nations, Métis and Inuit Clients
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) provides legal assistance and advice for low-income Ontarians. A large part of LAO’s work and outreach efforts focuses on Aboriginal people and their communities. If you self-identify as an Aboriginal person who is in need of legal assistance, we can help.
Aboriginal Self-Identification Question
Every client of Legal Aid Ontario is asked “Do you wish to self-identify as Aboriginal, such as First Nation, Métis or Inuit?”
Gladue refers to a right First Nation, Métis and Inuit have under the law. It means that every criminal court in Canada is required to take into consideration an Aboriginal person’s background and alternatives to jail when someone is being sentenced for a crime.
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report
- United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- First Nations Representation on Ontario Juries (Iacobucci Report)
- Highlights from the Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples