August 10, 2017
The Honourable Frank Iacobucci's First Nations Representation on Ontario Juries report has been quoted in a Law Times editorial published on August 8 which discusses the “surging public awareness and interest in Canada’s relationship with indigenous peoples.”
Appointed in 2005 to be the Government of Canada’s facilitator to the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Frank is an expert on matters affecting Indigenous people. The Law Times article says the recent discussions on the issue of Indigenous representation on juries—while important—are not new to the public sphere, pointing to Frank’s 2013 report on this subject as an example, quoting the following passage:
[T]here is not only the problem of a lack of representation of First Nations peoples on juries that is of serious proportions, but it is also regrettably the fact that the justice system generally as applied to First Nations peoples, particularly in the North, is quite frankly in a crisis.
If we continue the status quo we will aggravate what is already a serious situation, and any hope of true reconciliation between First Nations and Ontarians generally will vanish.
Put more directly, the time for talk is over, what is desperately needed is action.
You can read the full editorial on the Law Times website.
Read the latest from our Aboriginal team on Indigenous issues in Canada in Free, Prior and Informed Consent in Canada: Towards a New Relationship with Indigenous Peoples, a paper led by The Hon. Frank Iacobucci on developing meaningful relationships with Indigenous peoples.