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Aboriginal Legal Education Needs Survey 2006-2007

This report documents the findings of a survey conducted through interviews with Aboriginal court workers, police, judges and crown prosecutors to determine the legal education needs in Aboriginal communities. Lack of knowledge of legal terminology, literacy rates, a feeling of disconnect in relation to the criminal and family court systems, resource availability and access, and a general apprehension of the law and its systems are identified as ongoing barriers. Recommendations include involving an Elder or highly respected community member in PLE work and limiting use of print materials in favour of workshops that provide child care and free bus passes or other transportation. If workshops are not possible due to limited resources, videos are said to be another option. Also recommended is a focus on Aboriginal youth and public legal awareness campaigns ensuring English and Aboriginal language access where appropriate. The authors conclude by noting that success rates will be constrained unless the working relationship between Aboriginal communities, law enforcement and child welfare agencies is improved.

Author: Callihoo, Nadine; Fraser, Racquel; LaBoucane-Benson, Patti
Title of Work: Aboriginal Legal Education Needs Survey 2006-2007
Date: 2007
Organization: Native Counselling Services of Alberta
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Topic: Indigenous peoples & Needs assessments
Location of Authoring Organization by Country: Canada
Location of Authoring Organization by Province/ State (unless national entity): Alberta
Availability: Full report online
Language: English