Aboriginal Law

Aboriginal Criminal Law Mock Sentencing Scenario: R. v. Brown

This Aboriginal sentencing scenario focuses on an Aboriginal youth who has already spent time in a youth detention centre for previous crimes. He has now been convicted of assault. A sentencing hearing ensues during which a victim impact statement is read. The scenario is followed by 8 discussion questions which can easily be used for class discussion or assigned as homework to an academically focused group. The scenario can be used in a mock sentencing hearing or mock sentencing conference/circle or both. 

Aboriginal Criminal Law Mock Sentencing Scenario: R. v. James

In this aboriginal sentencing scenario, James, an aboriginal youth, pleads guilty to the charge of carrying a concealed weapon. The scenario can be used in a mock sentencing hearing or mock sentencing conference/circle or both. The scenario includes several questions dealing with the factors to be taken into consideration during sentencing. These questions may be more appropriate for an academic focused class and could be assigned as homework.

Canadian Mining and Human Rights Abuses – Professor Shin Imai, Cory Wanless, and Sarah Colgrove (SLI 2015)

These resources provide an overview of corporate social responsibility issues within the Canadian extractive industry, and provides descriptions of major lawsuits involved human rights abuses in the mining sector, including the case of Choc v HudBay Minerals. These materials were presented by Professor Shin Imai of Osgoode Hall Law School, Cory Wanless of Klippensteins LLP, and Sarah Colgrave at the 2015 Summer Law Institute. 

Cases That Have Changed Society

Many cases are started by individuals or groups to respond to a particular event or to change a situation. The outcomes of these cases will often lead to changes in areas of the law which impact all Canadians. These short summaries are some of the decisions that have changed Canadian society in the last 25 years. 

Constitutional Law Mock Appeal Scenario: Rainfoot and Morrison v Thunder Bay

This resource, originally from the OJEN Spring 2013 Charter Challenge, deals with an injunction sought by Idle No More demonstrators Michelle Rainfoot and David Morrison to prevent the eviction of their protest encampment from a public park in the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario. When the City issues Notices of Eviction under theTrespass to Property Act, Rainfoot and Morrison argue that the City's action violates their rights under sections 2(b) and (c) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and seeking injunctive relief against the City under section 24.

Court Cases Illustrating Some Key Values of the Justice System

Some of the core values of the justice system have been identified as the rule of law, impartiality, fairness and equality. Individual rights are protected by the Constitution, particularly the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The following cases highlight the reasoning of Canadian courts concerning individual rights within the context of the public interest.

Everyday Law - Preparing for Legal Issues in Your Life

The Understanding Canadian Law, Grade 11, Workplace Preparation (CLU3E) course is a valuable opportunity for students to build on the legal knowledge gained in grade 10 Civics, while enhancing students’ interest in the law.

In Brief: Careers in Justice

OJEN In Brief resources are designed to provide high school students with an introduction to basic legal concepts. Each resource includes a short lesson plan for the teacher; a plain language description of the legal topic; and activities that provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge of the topic.

In Focus: Idle No More

OJEN is pleased to present the first in a series of classroom resources designed to support classroom teachers’ integration of legally significant, but complex, current events into their law, civics and other classes. In Focus– Idle No More gives a short introduction to key events and legal and social issues raised by the Idle No More movement in Canada and supplements this with critical discussion questions and links to related legal case summaries from OJEN and strong resources from elsewhere on the internet

Justice and the Media

This OJEN resource has been developed to provide a foundation for students' understanding of the relationship between the media and the justice system and to develop critical thinking skills to consider issues of accessibility to the courts and confidence in media reporting.

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