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Brian Francis: A balanced judiciary is critical – The Guardian

by ahnationtalk on October 11, 201780 Views

Long past time when perspective of Indigenous Mi’kmaq finally available to P.E.I. courts

I write further to John W.A. Curtis’ letter in relation to the Supreme Court of P.E.I. in which he questions political patronage appointments.

While there is merit to that point of view, there is another aspect, which must be considered – a balanced court that reflects a variety of perspectives from our society.

Specifically, it is long past time when the perspective of the Indigenous Mi’kmaq of this province is available to the court as it administers justice on P.E.I.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau often speaks about the importance of reconciliation between the Crown and Indigenous Peoples; however until the judicial branch of government possesses an understanding of the background, history and culture of the Indigenous community, true reconciliation will not be possible.

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