NDP issues statement about First Nations and Ontario juriesTuesday, February 26, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
ONTARIO NDP COMMUNICATIONS
QUEEN’S PARK – Ontario NDP First Nations Critic Sarah Campbell released the following statement on the release of the Independent Review on First Nation Representation on Ontario Juries.
“The Honourable Frank Iacobucci’s report confirmed what First Nations have been saying for years: the justice system and juries in Northern Ontario and where First Nations are involved is in severe crisis.
“Victim’s families should not have to deal with unnecessary court delays when waiting for justice for their loved ones. Most recently we saw this in Thunder Bay where many First Nation youth have lost their lives while attending school away from their communities. In too many instances inquests were delayed because of lack of First Nations jurors. First Nation families deserve much better. And at least they deserve the same opportunities that any other family in Ontario is entitled to. The right to justice is fundamental.
“Problems of First Nation jury representation have been persistent for far too long and have added to the general feeling of mistrust against the government and the justice system. This government cannot afford to take its time in implementing the recommendations. If the justice system continues to fail us, First Nations will never be willing participants in it and the problem will move beyond the realm of jury representation.”
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Nats85 2/26/2013 4:22:41 PM Report
It would be great if Law wasn't an ELECTIVE in high schools. Maybe it's mandatory now, (?) but when I was in high school it wasn't. We can choose to take it if we wanted. Many First Nations don't trust the law therefore, when called upon for Jury Duty, almost an immediate response is "omg, why? I don't want to"...i know because i've seen that reaction a couple times amoungst friends/family who received the request in the mail. I myself, didn't realize that THEY may have been the reason why some First Nations peoples trials and court procedings are delayed and put off. Fear of the unknown is one of the biggest fears of all peoples. Education of the law needs to start young. Young children want to make parents and authorities happy and love accepting praise and reward. The younger children learn to follow "rules" and understand LAWS, I think we can start to see a rise in compliance of the law and maybe a decline in young offenders and such. Wishful thinking possibly, but something needs to change.
right wing 2/26/2013 6:09:36 PM Report
I really find it distasteful when the NDP gets out their soapbox and grandstands using the observation and work of others.
An NDP 'news release'...another one?
Lostclause 2/26/2013 8:09:57 PM Report
It's not just the NDP that get on their soapbox,every single political party does it. We don't vote for who is going to represent us (they represent their party first and foremost before their constituents)and do the best job. Rather we now vote on a candidate for whichever party is going to screw us the least.
mac2 2/27/2013 9:45:35 AM Report
lost clause hit it right on head, dont mind the fellow above you, he's still figuring it out, lol