Feathers of Hope

Justice and Juries

The Justice and Juries youth forum was held from November 17 to 21, 2014, with 150 youth participants attending from Northern and Southern Ontario. This forum was held at the request of former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Frank Iacobucci, who authored a report on the under-representation of First Nations people on jury panels, to address the issues young people face in the justice and jury systems.

The under-representation of Aboriginal people on juries has contributed to lengthy delays in criminal trials and inquest proceedings In similar fashion to the first forum, the first three days consisted of discussion workshops and activity workshops. On the last day, dignitaries and stakeholders were invited to a listening table to hear from youth.