WHEREAS Canada’s Aboriginal population comprises approximately seventeen (17) percent of all federal inmates but same is only four (4) percent of Canada’s total population;
WHEREAS Aboriginal women account for approximately twenty five (25) percent of federal female inmates;
WHEREAS the Liberal Party of Canada is committed to a correctional system that is just and fair;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada is committed to the principles enunciated by the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in R v. Gladue as enshrined in 718.2(e) of the Criminal Code;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada will petition the Government of Canada to take meaningful steps in order to reduce the gross overrepresentation of Aboriginal people in Canada’s correctional system including, but not limited to, rehabilitation, reintegration, and poverty reduction strategies.
Liberal Party of Canada (Nunavut)
Aboriginal People’s Commission