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Indigenous Courts

A division of the Provincial Court, operating in some jurisdictions under a variety of titles, that provides special considerations for indigenous defendants with evidence procedures and sentencing alternatives in keeping with Aboriginal concepts of justice. Examples of such courts are the Spirit of the People/Gladue Court in Toronto, the Saskatchewan Cree Court and the Tsuu T'ina Nation Peacemaking Court in Alberta.

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Indigenous Law

Programs that provide assistance for people who have legal issues that relate to federal and provincial legislation that outlines the statutory obligations of government for indigenous peoples including First Nations, Inuit and Métis people of Canada. Specific issues may include treaty rights including land and property compensation claims; claims to renewable and non-renewable natural resources; hunting, fishing and trapping rights; self-government; the fiduciary relationship between governments and indigenous peoples; government relations; economic development; taxation; and a variety of public policy issues such as education and health.

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The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.