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The Development of Legal Aid Ontario’s Aboriginal Strategy

The goal of Legal Aid Ontario’s (LAO) Aboriginal Justice Strategy is to improve legal aid services to all Aboriginal people, in rural or urban contexts. Aboriginal people in Ontario are not receiving optimal justice within the Canadian legal system and are over-represented in the criminal justice system. Both quantitative and qualitative research methods were used to develop the Aboriginal Justice Strategy, including surveys, meetings and teleconferences, and reviews of recommendations. This paper presents background information and current LAO services, highlights service issues and recommendations, gives 12 initiatives, and addresses future development of a strategic plan. LAO will be looking for more input and feedback to prioritize and implement future service initiatives as part of their commitment to low-income Aboriginal individuals and communities in Ontario.

Author: Legal Aid Ontario
Title of Work: The Development of Legal Aid Ontario’s Aboriginal Strategy
Date: 2008
Organization: Legal Aid Ontario
URL: Click here http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/publications/downloads/0807-29_DiscussionPaper_public.pdf
Topic: Aboriginal communities & Rural/remote communities
Location of Authoring Organization by Country: Canada
Location of Authoring Organization by Province/ State (unless national entity): Ontario
Availability: Full report online
Language: English