June 30, 2021 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Justice Canada
Advancing reconciliation requires dealing with both systemic racism and the overrepresentation of Indigenous peoples in the criminal justice system. Understanding the lived experiences of Indigenous peoples who come in contact with the criminal justice system is essential to making progress on these goals.
Today, the honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced the launch of a call for proposals to support projects that would address bias and other barriers faced by Indigenous peoples in the criminal justice system. A total of $10 million over 4 years is provided through the Department of Justice Canada’s Indigenous Justice Program for these projects. Organizations are invited to submit project proposals by August 5, 2021.
This funding will provide support for projects informed by Gladue Principles that:
- seek to increase knowledge and understanding of criminal justice professionals of the root causes of Indigenous overrepresentation in the criminal justice system and of community-led options for addressing crime, including Indigenous and restorative justice programs
- will support Indigenous-led community, regional and national efforts to change policies, practices, processes and structures to address systemic barriers and discrimination of Indigenous peoples.
This funding is part of larger investments proposed in the 2020 Fall Economic Statement that seek to increase the application of Gladue Principles in the criminal justice system in order to help address the systemic factors that contribute the overrepresentation of Indigenous peoples. The implementation of Gladue Principles in the criminal justice system is also a key federal initiative in the Government of Canada’s Federal Pathway to Address Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People.
This work will further support the Government of Canada’s efforts to advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada, eliminate systemic discrimination from the justice system, and respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action.