First Nations People and the Criminal Justice System

Course Code: CRIM 2501

Academic Year: 2017-2018

This course explores some of the complicated historical, cultural, legal and political relationships among First Nations Peoples, including Metis and Inuit, with law enforcement in Canada. It begins with introducing students to some of the rich diversity of First Nations Peoples and cultures, their various experiences of colonization and racism and their entanglement in the legal and political structures of Canada from European contact to the present day. It looks at some of the examples of this entanglement, such as the criminalization of cultural practices, disputes and expropriation over land, resistance (violent and non-violent) over non-Native authority, and how these shape the policing of First Nations communities and their experience in the criminal justice system (CJS).