Karen L Whonnock, “A Tale of Two Courts: The New Westminster First Nations Court and the Colville Tribal Court”

Working Abstract

New Westminster First Nations Court is the first Aboriginal Court in BC. As such, it is directed towards Aboriginal clients (First Nations, Inuit and Metis). There are many pressing reasons for having an Aboriginal Court in BC. The most pressing is the historical discrimination against Aboriginal Peoples that the Supreme Court of Canada discussed in R. v. Gladue. In this article, the author provides an overview of the New Westminster First Nations Court and its’ restorative aspects. This article should be of interest to all lawyers, law students and legal academics in BC who may see a future Aboriginal Court in their region.

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