Lesson 3: Legal Rights for Youth

Topic 8: Aboriginal Youth and Sentencing

Youth Rights: Aboriginal Youth

Aboriginal youth includes Inuit, First Nations, and Métis youth, either on or off reserve.

The justice system recognizes that in the past, young Aboriginal people have not been treated fairly by the justice system. The circumstances of Aboriginal youth must be taken into account when they are sentenced.

Where it is appropriate, the judge may give youth a sentence that involves support and supervision in the community. The sentence is meant to help the youth grow up and be a responsible member of the community.

Scenario from the “Lily on Trial” Video

Lily Smith is an Aboriginal youth who has pleaded guilty to arson. She receives a deferred custody and supervision order. View the video on the LegalRights4U website.