The Gladue Video Advocacy Project is the first initiative under FILM. The documentary integrates short profile videos of Aboriginal offenders as a supplemental aspect of Gladue Reports in the sentencing process for Indigenous offenders in the criminal justice system.
Section 718.2 (e) of the Criminal Code, which was reaffirmed by the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. Gladue, says the court must take special cultural considerations into account in sentencing an Aboriginal offender. This is aimed at addressing the fact that Aboriginal people in Canada are severely over-represented in the prison system. In looking for alternatives to incarceration, the judge must consider the background of the accused as there may be mitigating factors.
Award-winning filmmaker Lisa Jackson, who was named one of 10 to Watch by Playback Magazine in 2012, received a fellowship from FILM/Osgoode to develop this project.
The collection below includes Jackson's latest documentary "Indictment: The Crimes of Shelly Chartier" produced with Shane Belcourt for CBC, which received the Alanis Obomsawin award for best documentary at the ImagiNATIVE Film Festival; a blog post written by Jackson on the Gladue project; and a radio interview aired on The Current with the subject of the documentary.