The CBA launches program addressing Indigenous overrepresentation in the criminal justice system

  • February 27, 2023

Ottawa, February 27, 2023 - The Canadian Bar Association is thrilled to announce the launch of a new online module to expand our existing cultural awareness training entitled Indigenous Peoples and the Criminal Legal System.

The new module has been added to the CBA’s existing online course, The Path: Your Journey through Indigenous Canada. This new training addresses the overrepresentation of Indigenous Peoples in criminal legal system and focuses on Canada’s incarceration statistics, understanding and applying Gladue principles, as well as exploring alternative justice systems.

Additionally, an accompanying section of the CBA Truth and Reconciliation website has been developed to house resources and materials related to training which is available to all legal professionals and the public.

The CBA worked with an Indigenous Advisory Group from across Canada, along with NVision Insight Group, the organization that developed the CBA’s version of The Path, to develop this new online training. 

The Canadian Bar Association believes that when we know better, we can do better. We continue these reconciliation initiatives in a spirit of cultural humility, believing that we will answer the call and do better.

Quick facts

  • The Path: Your Journey through Indigenous Canada, an online course on the history and contemporary realities of First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Canada, now includes a new module addressing the systemic causes of Indigenous overrepresentation in the criminal justice system using Gladue principles designed for lawyers and legal professionals throughout Canada.
  • Both past and new registrants of the program can access the new module.
  • Materials and resources will be available on the CBA Truth and Reconciliation website for lawyers, legal professionals, and the public.
  • The CBA received a grant from Department of Justice Canada to fund this new module.


“At the Canadian Bar Association, we believe that reconciliation is the vehicle that will take us from the past into a more equitable future. And it is a responsibility that we all share, not only as legal professionals, but as Canadians. We will continue to provide our members with the tools and training needed to help raise awareness and assist them in engaging in their own acts of reconciliation.”

CBA President Steeves Bujold

Related links

Gladue and Beyond
The Path
Truth and Reconciliation Toolkit
CBA Truth and Reconciliation Initiative

About the Canadian Bar Association

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Vanessa Racine
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