Aboriginal Law – Criminal Justice and Family Law


The course will cover legal issues related to Aboriginal peoples in both the criminal justice system and the family law systems.  Examples include the potential application of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to Aboriginal legal systems, the application of the organized crime provisions in the Criminal Code to Aboriginal gangs, extensive consideration of the Gladue judgment and its current applications in Canada, the R. v. Williams judgment as it concerns Aboriginal accuseds and trial fairness, special provisions in the Corrections and Conditional Release Act that make specific reference to Aboriginal inmates, Aboriginal customary adoptions, specific provisions of the Indian Act and other legislation dealing specifically with matrimonial property on Indian reserves, and Aboriginal perspectives on child welfare.


  • 25 to 30 page term paper, due on the last class, worth 75% of the course grade
  • In class presentation, worth 15% of the course grade
  • In class participation, worth 10% of the course grade

INSTRUCTOR: Ms. Stacey Soldier

Comments are closed