On the Road to Justice

On the Road to Justice features ready-to-use activities and resource materials to examine the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The set features two modules: Youth-at-Risk and Grade 6&7. Topics include community participation, victims’ rights, youth rights, sentencing and the family’s role.

Included with each module is a set of fact cards and fact sheets, three Youth Criminal Justice Act posters, a guide to the posters and the game "Be a Legal Eagle".

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Participants will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. In particular they will be able to:

  • List principles on which the law is based: community safety, responsibility, accountability and respect
  • Describe community programs designed to prevent crime, rehabilitate youth who have offended, and safely reintegrate them into the community
  • Explain the legal process for youth who break the law, including particular consideration for Aboriginal youth at sentencing
  • List the impacts of crime on victims
  • Describe how restorative justice principles are incorporated into the law

Youth-at-Risk

The Youth-at-Risk module of On the Road to Justice is designed for youth aged 12-18. The unit contains five lessons, each of which is 45-60 minutes in length:

  1. Introduction to the Youth Criminal Justice Act
  2. What rights do youth have?
  3. Edwin and the slashed tires: a community justice conference simulation
  4. Jake’s story: a circle sentence simulation
  5. Regina v. Lucy Sam: a sentence hearing simulation

At the end of the unit, youth will be able to:

  • Identify the differences between violent and non-violent crimes. They will also be able to reflect on how to provide meaningful consequences for an offence
  • Describe ways that crime impacts members of the community
  • Describe two ways minor crimes can be dealt with outside the court process
  • Describe a least four options that could be used in court for sentencing a youth

Grades 6&7

The Grades 6&7 module of On the Road to Justice contains four lessons, each of which is 45-60 minutes in length:

  1. Introduction to the Youth Criminal Justice Act
  2. What rights do youth have?
  3. Impact of crime on the community
  4. What should happen when youth break the law?

At the end of the unit, youth will be able to:

  • Identify the differences between violent and non-violent crimes. They will also be able to reflect on how to provide meaningful consequences for an offence
  • Describe ways that crime impacts members of the community
  • Describe two ways minor crimes can be dealt with outside the court process
  • Describe a least four options that could be used in court for sentencing a youth

Guide to the Youth Criminal Justice Act Posters

The guide is for facilitators working with Aboriginal youth. It provides background about the Act and is designed to be used with the three posters that accompany each of the two modules.