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Native Law Centre, University of Saskatchewan

In 1973, there were only five practicing Aboriginal lawyers and four Aboriginal law students in Canada. Roger Carter founded the Native Law Centre at the University of Saskatchewan in order to rectify the problem. Now in 2016 we are faced with a similar issue that affect Aboriginal people, one being the meger amount of Gladue Report Writers. The Supreme Court of Canada has declared that it is the right of every Aboriginal offender to have consideration of the Gladue factors. The best way to set out these factors is in a Gladue Report. Currently, there is a deficit of Gladue Report writers across Canada, and there is also no nationally accredited training available for potential writers. Christine Goodwin, Research Officer at the Native Law Centre has undertaken the task to determine the feasibility of establishing a course that would provide National recognition for Gladue Report Writers.