Aboriginal Justice Strategy

About the strategy

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has developed an Aboriginal Justice Strategy (AJS) to improve legal aid services to Aboriginal people, including First Nation people, Métis people and Inuit people, regardless of whether they live on or off-reserve, are status or non-status or live in rural or urban contexts.

The mandate of LAO's Aboriginal Justice Strategy (AJS) is to establish a plan to achieve measurable improvements in service to Aboriginal people.

More about the AJS


Gladue Reports: not just a sentencing report

By Chad Kicknosway 1. v. Gladue, [1999] 1 S.C.R. 688 The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in R. v. Gladue is a significant recognition of the position of Aboriginal offenders in the Canadian criminal justice system. It is well known to those working within the criminal justice system that Aboriginals are overrepresented. The Supreme Court […]

Hand drumming to restore community harmony

By Lyndon George Within most traditional Native American cultures, the drum is the primary musical instrument. It serves many purposes within the areas of justice, entertainment and healing. The drum is used at most traditional native ceremonies including powwows and other prominent festivities. Through any court proceedings, healing circles or other traditional ways of restorative […]

Indigenous legal aid worker helps First Nation community navigate legal system

Throughout her career, Indigenous Legal Aid Worker Sondra Gilbert has seen firsthand the barriers that Indigenous people encounter as they move through the court process. Prior to joining Legal Aid Ontario’s Essex, Lambton, Kent District office, Sondra worked in Native child welfare. “Frequently, I was approached by people who needed assistance with Family Law or […]

Celebrate National Aboriginal Day June 21st

In recognition of the contributions of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples to Ontario, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO), would like to wish everyone a very happy National Aboriginal Day! Participate in the celebration by attending local events or dedicating some time to learning about your local Aboriginal communities and their cultures. Please visit Aboriginal Affairs […]