Actions and Commitments

Call to Action # 34: Justice (25-42)

TRC call to action # 34: A framework for action. CanFASD

October 10, 2018

This document was created by a team of people who live in Treaty Four Territory in Saskatchewan and on unceded Coast Salish Territory in British Columbia. Funded by the University of Saskatchewan and the Canada FASD Network.

12 Actionable Items to Respond to Call to Action #34:

Opening Statement

We call upon the governments of Canada, the provinces, and territories to undertake reforms to the criminal justice system to better address the needs of offenders with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

  1. Mandatory Education about Systemic Racism
  2. Equal Access to Paid Gladue Reports Across Jurisdictions
    • Providing increased community resources and powers for courts to ensure that FASD is properly diagnosed, and that appropriate community supports are in place for those with FASD.
  3. FASD-Informed Training Practices:  Frontline inside the courts; Frontline outside the courts
  4. Expand Therapeutic Justice Practices
  5. Enhance Alternative Diagnostic Practices
  6. Strengthen Community Supports
    • Enacting statutory exemptions from mandatory minimum sentences of imprisonment for offenders affected by FASD.
  7. Implement Sentencing Reform During Current Justice Review
  8. Remove Mandatory Court Fees
    • Providing community, correctional, and parole resources to maximize the ability of people with FASD to live in the community.
  9. Robust Release Planning
  10. Bail/Release Conditions that are FASD Informed
    • Adoption of appropriate evaluation mechanisms to measure the effectiveness of such programs and ensure community safety.
  11. Evidence-Based Internal/External Evaluations of Programs
  12. Training for Communities to Develop and do Evaluation