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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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If you are an Aboriginal person, the judge must take your background into account when setting bail or deciding what sentence to give you. The judge must look at all the options besides jail.

Judges have this duty to all Aboriginal peoples of Canada, living on or off reserve, including First Nations, status and non-status Indians, Métis with or without a Métis card, and Inuit. It does not matter if you live in a non-Aboriginal community, or if you were adopted and raised by non-Aboriginal parents or in foster homes—if you are Aboriginal, this applies to you.

Another way of saying this is, "If you are Aboriginal, Gladue applies to you."