Thursday, July 21, 2016

Canada must boost racial diversity in ‘judiciary of whiteness,’ advocates urge - TORONTO STAR

by Michael Tutton 
Originally published:  July 18, 2016
Publisher: theStar.com 

A report found just 1 per cent of Canada’s 2,160 judges in the provincial superior and lower courts are aboriginal, while 3 per cent are racial minorities.

A study showing a dearth of minority judges in Canada has advocates suggesting the country must seize a unique opportunity to increase racial diversity in a “judiciary of whiteness.”

“After many years of saying this is an important issue, it’s very disappointing to see how low the numbers are,” said Naiomi Metallic, a 35-year-old Mi’kmaq woman who is the chair of aboriginal law and policy at Dalhousie University.

A May report in the online version of Policy Options magazine estimates just 1 per cent of Canada’s 2,160 judges in the provincial superior and lower courts are aboriginal, while 3 per cent are racial minorities.