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Inuit customary law meets criminal law in Nunavut–what’s the status ten years after?

Tomaszewski, E. Andreas
June 4, 2015

Source: (2009) LawNow. 34(1):18-21.

In an article published not long before Nunavut, Canada’s third northern territory, was created on April 1, 1999 1 argued in favour of an innovative approach to criminal justice in Nunavut, one that should be grounded in Inuit culture. I did so because research shows that the Euro-Canadian approach to criminal justice fails to take Aboriginal cultures and laws into consideration and often exacerbates their social and economic problems. This article revisits these arguments and discusses to what extent traditional Inuit methods of social control have found their way into the Nunavut criminal justice system. (excerpt)


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