First Nations in Ontario win probe into lack of aboriginal jurors
Posted August 12, 2011
Article source Winnipeg Free Press
From a Winnipeg Free Press article:
Years of complaints that First Nations people have been systematically excluded from serving on juries in Ontario culminated Thursday in the provincial government calling an independent review into the situation.
In a statement late Thursday, Attorney General Chris Bentley announced former Supreme Court of Canada justice Frank Iacobucci would review a jury system that on-reserve natives say has failed them badly.
"First Nations alienation from the justice system is our reality," Terry Waboose, deputy grand chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, said in response to the announcement.
"First Nations overrepresentation among those who are charged and jailed is only made worse by the fact that First Nations have been systematically denied their right to serve on juries."
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