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Play a role in reconciliation by learning the legal standards for addressing an Indigenous offender’s personal and cultural history in advance of sentencing.

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What you will learn


Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply the Gladue approach to write a holistic, individualized, and objective Gladue report that assists the Canadian Judicial System in making well-informed decisions
  2. Apply a narrative and trauma-informed approach to gather, analyze, and communicate information for a Gladue Report
  3. Identify and describe the legal history and legislation informing Gladue rights
  4. Act professionally and ethically as a Gladue Writer
  5. Explain the impact of colonialism on Indigenous peoples and their relationship with the Canadian Judicial System

What to expect


Courses are delivered through a combination of face-to-face and online instructional activities including, but not limited to, lectures, seminars, group discussion and activities, demonstrations, guest lectures, videos, clinical simulations, and field trips.


Admission requirements

  • English 12 with a minimum ‘C+’ grade, or equivalent 
  • Letter of intent
  • Successful interview with the department based on criteria reflecting the recommended student characteristics 


  • To participate in capstone/practicum you may need security clearance

Missing prerequisites? Learn more about VCC's tuition-free in academic upgrading, university transfer or English as a Second Language (ESL) Courses.


Recommended Characteristics

  • Awareness of community support services
  • Awareness of the Canadian judicial system
  • Appreciation of Indigenous cultures and history
  • Good writing skills
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Interest or passion for Indigenous justice

Fees and other costs  

Fee description Fee Amount Notes
Application fee $35  
Tuition $5,398  
College initiative $26  
Campus resource $108  
Total $5,567  

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