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Are you Aboriginal? Do you have a bail hearing? Or are you going to be sentenced for a crime?

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Why is the word Gladue used in this way?

The word Gladue is taken from the name of an important case that came before the Supreme Court of Canada in 1999. An Aboriginal woman named Jamie Gladue was the accused person in that case.

In speaking about the case, the Court said very important things to judges about the way they sentence Aboriginal people. The Court did this because it saw that far too many Aboriginal people are sent to jail. The Court said there is racism against Aboriginal people within Canada and in the jail system.

Now the word Gladue is used to speak about the things judges must consider when they are setting bail or deciding what kind of sentence to give an Aboriginal person.

This publication looks at how Gladue applies to sentencing.