Gladue Rights Research Database: Legal Aid Saskatchewan


Gladue Rights


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Indigenous Saskatchewan  Encyclopedia

Using and Citing the Database 


Introducing the Database

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Keith Carlson on Contemplating Gladue Rights: The Research Database and the History of Settler Colonialism


What is the purpose of the database?


This database is an ever-expanding work in progress.    It is designed to assist Indigenous people, their legal counsel, and others working within the justice system with information that aids in the protection of Gladue rights. In particular, this database provides researchers with information pertaining to the history of settler colonialism in the province of Saskatchewan up to c. 1990.


A model of restorative justice. The image shows a venn diagram of 3 overlapping circles showing how the victim, community, and offender are all connected in the restorative justice approach. Community Safety, Competency Development, and Accountability interconnect the circles.
                                                      Source: About Restorative Justice


"Gladue principles apply in many situations, and [the courts] continue to identify new circumstances where they should apply. This includes at bail and sentencing hearings, appeals, parole hearings, extradition, mental health review board hearings, not-criminally-responsible hearings, dangerous and long-term offender hearings, and civil contempt decisions.”

B.C. Legal Aid, “Gladue Report Guide,” (2022), 24.




This database is designed to provide  information which will assist in writing or reviewing a Gladue report, or any other report or assessment that considers Gladue Factors. It provides solid, comprehensive information explaining the unique circumstances that have impacted and shaped Indigenous people’s lives in Saskatchewan – the essential historical backgrounds and contexts to the situations Indigenous peoples in Canada face today. It also hosts information on Alternative, Rehabilitative, and Restorative justice programs in Saskatchewan, and Indigenous Justice and Legal Traditions to contextualize potential sentencing alternatives. The database is updated frequently with new resources to better assist practitioners and their clients in the recognition of Gladue Rights.  Additional recent and intimate personal information needed to complete particular Gladue reports must be acquired separately.