Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto urges implemention of the recommendations in the 'First Nations Representation on Ontario Juries' independent review

February 27, 2013

A message from Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto: Please see ALST's attached news release on The Independent Review on First Nation Representation on Ontario Juries. ALST provided written submissions, made a presentation to the review team and hosted and facilitated a Inquest Family forum so that the review team could hear the First Nation perspective on the Inquest experience.

We attended the release in Toronto this morning. We believe the report is genuine and honest. We also believe that the Honourable Frank Iacobucci provided a broader scope than we expected and we commend him and his legal team on raising the crisis in the justice system for Aboriginal people in Ontario and for admitting that the jury representation is just an example of the crisis. Now, we will push for implementation of the recommendations.

ALST is currently drafting a letter to the Attorney General regarding (1) urging the timely implementation of the recommendation and (2) ALST's continued participation through the Implementation committee (on behalf of clients) and for direct ALST participation on the advisory group that the AG said they will implement. We may approach some of you at some point in the near future seeking support letters or endorsements.

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CBC Thunder Bay article
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First Nations Representation on Ontario Juries report
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Statement from the Attorney General