VCC offers first-of-its kind certification program for Gladue report writers

August 12, 2019

Vancouver Community College will be offering a Gladue report writing program this fall, which the college says is the first certificate program of its kind from a Canadian post-secondary institution. The program, which is designed for law students, lawyers, advocates, judges, Indigenous court workers, and others with an interest in this topic. Gladue reports stem from a Supreme Court decision stipulating that judges must consider “unique systemic or background factors” that may have resulted in an Aboriginal person encountering the justice system. Students will learn about the impact of colonization; conducting interviews with people who have experienced trauma; and capturing a person’s “sacred story,” which includes discovering experiences that shaped them since childhood. VCC (BC)